The White Zone: Kyle Busch’s legend grows stronger with 2nd championship

Kyle Busch’s ascension to NASCAR’s god tier of drivers continued with his second championship.

He led 120 of 267 laps to win the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

He’s the 16th different driver to win multiple championships in NASCAR’s top series. His 56th career victory moves him out of a tie with NASCAR Hall of Fame member Rusty Wallace for ninth on NASCAR’s all-time (Cup) wins list. Combined with his 96 XFINITY Series wins and 56 Gander Outdoors Truck Series wins, he’s the all-time winningest driver in NASCAR history.

Furthermore, Busch has been among the elites of NASCAR this decade. Forty of his 56 career wins came since 2010, the most of any driver in that span. And his top fives and top 10s since 2010 are second only to Kevin Harvick.

Even if you don’t put him on equal footing with Richard Petty, Busch is still a NASCAR legend. Why? Here are the eight drivers in front of him on NASCAR’s all-time (Cup Series) wins list.

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Of these drivers, only Johnson isn’t in the NASCAR Hall of Fame yet, because he’s still an active driver.

It’s not a question of whether or not Busch will go into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on his first ballot. He will. It’s a question of if he’ll be the first unanimous selection for the hall. If any driver deserves that honor, he’s one of them.

That’s my view, for what it’s worth.

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Author: Tucker White

I'm a NASCAR writer for and student at the University of Tennessee.

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