July 16, 2011
With Busch getting to 100 NASCAR wins at age 26, there's already been much talk about him potentially eclipsing Richard Petty's mark of 200 wins. Yes, all of Petty's wins came in NASCAR's top series, but the argument can also be made that Busch's three-series mark is just as impressive because of the competitiveness of modern NASCAR.
After the race -- one which saw Busch tie Mark Martin for most Nationwide Series wins -- Busch dismissed talk of comparing his accomplishment to Petty, if and when he ever got to 200 wins. After all, he still has 100 wins to go for the debate to begin. But it's still fun to compare, right?
Busch got his 100th win in his 550th start in NASCAR's top three series. That's one win every 5.5 starts. Petty recorded his 100th win in his 485th start. When Petty won his 100th race, he was in his 13th season and 32 years old. Saturday's win came in Busch's ninth season.
In 240 starts in the Sprint Cup Series, Busch has scored 22 wins. He has accumulated most of his wins in the Nationwide Series, winning 49 races in 217 starts. However, his best win-to-start ratio comes in the Camping World Truck Series, where he has 29 wins in 93 starts. Busch is also the only driver to win in all three series on the same track on the same weekend, doing the triple at Bristol in August 2010.
In those 550 starts, Busch has amassed 245 top 5s and 323 top 10s. In Petty's first 485 starts, he had 275 top 5s and 334 top 10s.
Busch has started from the pole in 40 of those races, while Petty had 84 poles on his way to his first 100 wins.
All of Petty's first 100 wins came driving for his family team, Petty Enterprises. Busch started his own Truck Series team, Kyle Busch Motorsports, in 2010, and has won 13 races for his own team.
So who you got? Does the King still remain the King in the race to 100 because it took him fewer races and all of the wins came at NASCAR's top level? Or does Busch get the nod because of the competitiveness of modern-day NASCAR?
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