Last Saturday at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway Kyle Busch earned his 100th victory combined in the top three divisions of NASCAR. With his win in the Nationwide Series last week, Busch also tied Mark Martin for the most career wins in the Nationwide Series. Busch has amassed 49 Nationwide Series wins, 29 Camping World Truck Series wins, and 22 Sprint Cup Series wins.
I have pondered this over the last couple of days on whether or not Busch is one of the greatest drivers that NASCAR has ever seen. There is no doubt that Busch is a good driver, but is he as good as some of legendary drivers such as Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, and Darrell Waltrip?
I am not much of a Kyle Busch fan myself, but this season I have tried to pay more attention to him on the track. Busch has a knack for being able to wheel a car or truck all over the track to get to the front of the pack. By the numbers, it is obvious that Busch is stronger in the two lower tiers than in the top tier. Busch is aggressive on the track and wants to blow the spoiler off his competition every time he is on the track. He appears to have a passion for capturing the checkered flag no matter what series he is competing in.
In my opinion, Busch is missing two items that keeps him from being one of the greats. Busch has not won any of the three crown jewels of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing. Busch has never taken the checkered flag first in the Daytona 500, Coke 600, or the Brickyard 400. The second item that keeps Rowdy from being one of the greats, and is more important than winning one of the three biggest races on the schedule, is a Sprint Cup Series Championship. Busch will get his shot at the Brickyard 400 in a little more than a week, and later this year will be part of the Chase for the Championship. Both of these items could go by the wayside quickly. Would Busch then be one of the greats?
There is no doubting that Busch brings attention to NASCAR racing when he is behind the wheel. Whether it be the at Bristol Motor Speedway where he has won the last five races combined that have been contested in the top three series at the track, or having left the competition in his wake at the inaugural race at Kentucky, Busch is a good driver but needs some more important hardware before I will consider him one of the greats.
What do you think, is Kyle Busch a good or great driver? Leave us a comment on how you view his NASCAR career.