Kyle Busch The Numbers Keep Adding Up

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The numbers keep adding up for Kyle Busch.

 

The driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is coming off a weekend sweep of the Cup Series and Xfinity Series races at ISM Raceway near Phoenix as the numbers tell the story of just how good he has been. But, at just 33-years of age, he has plenty of time to accomplish even more. Here’s just a small sampling of the numbers:

 

   52: number of career Cup Series victories.

   11: now 11th on the all-time Cup Series win list.

 ●  15: number of consecutive seasons Busch has won a race in NASCAR’s top series.

   16,000: number of laps led in NASCAR’s top series – 16,077, to be exact.

   3.0: average Cup Series finish so far this season – Busch is the only driver to finish in the top-10 in each of the first four races.

 ●  199: number of victories in NASCAR’s top three series.

 

Busch’s hot start to the season in all three of NASCAR’s national series has seen him not only take over the early lead in the Cup Series standings, but also notch two wins apiece in NASCAR Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series races as he has his sights on 200 overall wins, and likely many more.

 

With no signs of slowing down, the 2015 Cup Series champion heads to a venue this weekend where he got his first career Cup Series win in 2005 and has a strong record – Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, the site of Sunday’s Cup Series Auto Club 400. The Las Vegas native and his Interstate Batteries team will be shooting for his fourth career win at the track located approximately 50 miles east of Los Angeles this weekend.

 

Busch’s numbers game is also quite strong at Fontana. He is near the top of several statistical categories at the 2-mile oval behind only seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson. Busch’s average finish of 9.7 is second to Johnson’s 7.0. Busch’s 673 laps led ranks second to Johnson’s 880. Busch’s 3,582 laps spent running in the top-15 at Fontana is also second only to Johnson’s 3,988. Busch’s 963 quality passes at Fontana tops Johnson’s 912.

 

As he approaches a career milestone poised for much more, Busch will pilot the colors of Interstate Batteries at Fontana for the first of six Cup Series races this season. The founding partner of JGR, Interstate Batteries has been powering the championship-winning organization and is now in its impressive 28th year as the “Official Battery of Joe Gibbs Racing.”

 

After winning back-to-back races at Fontana in 2013 and 2014 – both in dramatic fashion – Busch is looking to add another win to his impressive record at the track. He scored his maiden victory there in September 2005 and has rattled off eight top-five finishes and 13 top-10s during his career. The 2015 Cup Series champion also has six Xfinity Series wins at Fontana – October 2008 and 2010, February 2009 and 2010, March 2011 and 2013 –which included a weekend Cup-Xfinity Series sweep in 2013. Busch added a solid third-place Cup Series run in last year’s trip to the facility located in the heart of Southern California’s Inland Empire.

 

So as Busch and the No. 18 Toyota team head back to Fontana to finish off the final race of the 2019 NASCAR Western Swing, they will look to bring home back-to-back Cup Series wins as the numbers just keep adding up. As Interstate Batteries says, Busch has been more than “Outrageously Dependable,” and that trend is expected to continue into this weekend and beyond.

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