It’s been a career week, followed by a career week for Kyle Busch. That’s how he rolls. And more opportunity awaits this weekend at his hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway where he will compete in all three of NASCAR’s national racing series.
Last weekend, the 33-year-old Vegas native became the all-time winningest NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series driver claiming his 52nd victory at Atlanta. He holds the same distinction in the Xfinity Series where he has 92 wins.
On Thursday, he announced a contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing with longtime sponsor Mars Inc. on board to further the effort as well.
“My relationship with Joe (Gibbs), JD (Gibbs) and the family has grown a lot of the years and each year I think it gets better and better,’’ Busch said.
“With the time I have been there and talking to them in the middle of 2007, and then being a driver with them since 2008 has meant the most to my career.
And, he added, “It’s all about relationships and I feel like the relationship with M&M’s has continued to get better and grown over the years as well as Toyota. I have a lot of friendships there. With all of that, you never say never but I don’t know if you’d ever really see myself drive anything different than a Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 M&M’s Toyota. Hopefully it stays that way and we know it will stay that way for the foreseeable future. I am certainly looking forward to that.”
The immediate future looks pretty promising too.
Busch shows up in Las Vegas ranked third in the Cup standings with a runner-up finish in the season-opening Daytona 500 followed by a sixth-place result at Atlanta Motor Speedway last weekend. He and JGR teammate Erik Jones are the only two drivers in the series to score top 10s in both races. He trails championship leader – and another JGR teammate – Denny Hamlin by nine points in the standings.
And certainly this week’s venue knows about shows. Even for all that Busch has won – 195 national series victories in the three series (52 in Trucks, 92 in Xfinity and 51 in Cup) – taking the checkered at Las Vegas is a source of pride like no other.
With good reason, Busch absolutely considers himself a favorite in all three events. He’s swept a three-series, three-race weekend twice before in 2010 and 2017– at Bristol, Tennessee – and is the only driver to ever do so.
“It would be pretty sweet,’’ he acknowledged with a grin Friday. “Every time I run a triple, that’s the only thing you think about. But you have to win the first one to win the second one to win the third one.”