Kyle Busch is the first driver in 27 years to record a more top-10 finish in each of the eight races of a Cup Series season.
It’s only April, and it has been a season of accomplishments for Kyle Busch.
He already has flown with 204 wins by that, today. Since David Pearson and Kevin Harvick are tied for third with 106 wins that’s almost 100 more than anybody not crowned NASCAR king.
So in honour of the three Cup Series wins of Busch this year, here is just three of these notes that were legacy-securing Kyle Busch has realized this season.
Welcome into the top 10
Busch’s three successes this year give him 54 because of his Cup Series career. He ties with Hall of Famer Lee Petty for 10th on the record. Soon enough, he’ll knock Petty out from their top , and then he’ll tie Rusty Wallace for ninth (with 55). As Dale Earnhardt is eighth with 76, then, we’ve got a bit of a wait.
But Lee Petty was 46 years old when he won his first own race, Wallace was 44, Earnhardt was 41. Kyle Busch is 33 years old.
During their 54th triumph Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon were younger than Busch of the top ten winners at Cup Series history. Actually David Pearson was nearly the full year older than Busch when he reached 54.
So where the ceiling is located depends on the way Busch races because he reaches his 30s. Could he maintain winning at this pace, or will his pace falls off, like we watched Gordon?
To compare, Pearson won 18.3 percentage of the starts; Richard Petty won at 16.9 per cent. And Jimmie Johnson are at 13.3.
Obviously, over the last two seasons, Busch is winning 25 per cent of the starts.
Busch’s first season in the Cup Series came from 2005. He dropped 20 also won.
Busch has won at each of his 15 full seasons, including 20-19 Despite the fact that there have been ups and downs throughout his career. In 33, it’s reasonable to presume he could string together a couple more seasons of wins.
Just five drivers in string history have won a race at more than 15 consecutive seasons. Of late, it was done with Johnson, who won in 16 from 2002-17. Before that, Wallace and Ricky Rudd both had 16-seasons stripes, running simultaneously.
But the top two spots on the list be long into the two drivers that are top all-time in wins.
Pearson won a race at 17 seasons from 1964-80. Richard Petty, his main rival, one-upped him by winning in 18 straight seasons out of 1960-77.
Can anybody be linking Busch? Earlier this year brad Keselowski extended his streak with a win. Kevin Harvick can reach 10 directly with a triumph in one of those 28 races this past season.
Kyle has discovered consistency
Busch couldn’t discontinue Sunday out of registering a triumph. Busch regained from pit problems the week. He’s finished sixth or better.
This makes Busch the driver at 27 years to capture a top-10 finish since Terry Labonte at 1992, a Cup Series season in each of the first eight races. His series ended at eight, however.
Just three other motorists have registered a top-10 finish plus they reached double digits using their streaks
Regrettably for Busch, there is 1 thing that Shepherd, Labonte, Hylton and Petty have in common.
1 number that looks extremely hard to avoid — even though who knows what to expect with the other worldly level that Busch is racing as of this year — will be 3.4. That’s Busch’s average finish this season.
It’s utterly absurd.
But that was in one race. Maybe not just a sample measurement that is fair.
No one has run the full Cup Series season and collect an average finish nearly as good as what Busch does at the moment. The nearest was Richard Petty within his remarkable 1971 season by which he won 21 of his own 46 starts, with a 4.2 average finish standing.
Even with just eight starts this season, it’s an impressive mark. Just 3 drivers in string history have had an average finish of 4.0 or better at a season in which they conducted at least five races.
Marvin Panch (at 1-2 races at 1963) and also Lloyd Dane (10 races at 1957) both had 3.8 marks. The single person with a greater mark than Busch’s was Speedy Thompson, that had a 3.1 mark in seven starts from 1953.
A duo and also Speedy Thompson, rowdy Busch.