No ifs, ands or buts — With second championship, Kyle Busch among NASCAR’s greatest


Until Sunday, Kyle Busch‘s career still came with an asterisk. A but. A what-if.

Those are gone now, left behind forever in the wake of a slow late-autumn cruise around a South Florida racetrack, father and son grinning ear-to-ear in their Toyota Camry, beneath a flag that read “2019 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Champion.”

Busch, 34, had just earned his fifth victory of the season and the 56th of his career, moving into sole possession of ninth place on NASCAR’s all-time wins list. He is already the all-time leader in Xfinity Series wins, having nearly doubled up on Hall of Famer Mark Martin with 96 to Martin’s 49. He also owns the most Truck series trophies, with 56, five more than another Hall of Famer, Ron Hornaday Jr.

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