FONTANA, California (March 17, 2019) - For years Kyle Busch has expressed his desire to reach 200 NASCAR national series victories and on Sunday at Auto Club Speedway, he accomplished the feat. Busch won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race in his Toyota Camry, capturing his 200th national series win to tie Richard Petty for the most all-time victories in NASCAR.
“Feels just like number one,” said Kyle Busch, following his 200th NASCAR victory. “Feels just like yesterday. Man, This Interstate Batteries Camry was awesome today. I'm glad we put on a heck of a show for all these fans out here in California at Auto Club Speedway. To win 200, I mean, whatever it means, it means a lot to me. It means a lot to all my guys, everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing. You guys are all the best. Toyota, TRD. It's an amazing opportunity to drive for Joe Gibbs. I cherish every minute of it, love it always. Just wish that we could keep it going, keep it going like this, running strong, running well, and winning these races.”
Busch started the race from the fourth position, leading 134 laps (of 200) to capture the checkered flag. The win didn’t come easy though as Busch received a speeding penalty with 75 laps to go in the race and had to restart from the 21st position. He was able to make his way back to the fourth position, but a well-timed caution flag with 25 laps to go allowed the leaders to make their way to pit road one last time for fresh tires and fuel. Busch restarted second and retook the lead a few laps later and hung on for his 200th NASCAR national victory.
The winningest Toyota driver in NASCAR history, Busch added to an already impressive racing resume. In February, he became the winningest driver in NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) history at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 52 race wins. The 33-year-old Las Vegas native is also the all-time series wins record-holder with 94 victories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).
“Kyle Busch is as special of a talent as this sport has ever seen and winning his 200th career NASCAR race is an incredible accomplishment and one this sport may never witness again,” said Ed Laukes, group vice president, Toyota Division Marketing, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). “After over a decade racing with Toyota, Kyle is innately linked to our brand and has more NASCAR wins in a Toyota than any driver. Everyone at Toyota is proud of what Kyle has accomplished behind the wheel of Camrys, Tundras and most recently in the Supra – and we’re all looking forward to celebrating many more moments together.”
After joining Toyota in 2008, Busch quickly became one of the manufacturer’s most successful drivers. In just over 10 years, he has tallied 179 victories in a Toyota, including 49 MENCS, 83 NXS and 47 NGOTS wins.
Busch will compete next weekend in both the NGOTS and MENCS races at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.