Kyle Busch to retire from Xfinity competition after reaching 100th win
For the NASCAR purists that don’t believe Kyle Busch belongs in the Xfinity Series, his retirement from the tour might be coming sooner than expected.
After Busch won the Overton’s 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, his series-record 89th-career Xfinity Series victory, Busch told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio he would step away from competition after he wins his 100th race.
“Hopefully, next week is 90 and we can continue this on — and retirement is fast approaching,” Busch said. “So, I’m looking forward to that. When I get to 100 Xfinity Series wins, I’m done with Xfinity. So, my retirement with Xfinity is fast approaching.”
In six starts this season, Busch has won three races from the pole. His winning percentage in the Xfinity Series is 26.65. On the truck tour, Busch has 48 wins in 137 starts for a 35.04 winning percentage.
Focusing on Cup
At 32, Busch hopes to concentrate on his day job — winning in the Monster Energy Cup Series — and shepherding aspiring racers through Kyle Busch Motorsports.
“I keep having all these drivers in the feeder program from Kyle Busch Motorsports to the JGR Xfinity team up to the Cup team,” Busch said. “I had Daniel Suarez, he’s done it. Erik Jones is coming over, so he’s done it.
“Now, it’s Denny and I are the next two to go. We’re the oldest ones. So we better be careful and mindful and looking over our backs. I better slow the progression down of some of these guys at KBM and stop helping them as much to get them through.”
Busch has four additional races to run this season. He’s not sure what limits NASCAR might set for Cup drivers in the feeder series in 2018. But as of now, the only way he’ll reconsider is if Joe Gibbs asks him to come out of retirement to assess where the program is. Other than that, he’s done.
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