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LEBANON, TENNESSEE - JUNE 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 M&M's Toyota, and crew celebrate Kyle's 100th win in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 19, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images
LEBANON, TENNESSEE - JUNE 19: Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 M&M's Toyota, and crew celebrate Kyle's 100th win in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series Tennessee Lottery 250 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 19, 2021 in Lebanon, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Is Kyle Busch retiring from Xfinity after this season? UPDATE

UPDATE: Kyle Busch put a perfect punctuation mark with a victory in his last Xfinity Series start this season — and likely the last of his record-breaking career — with a dominant victory Saturday.

It was the 362nd start of his career for Busch, who has no future races lined up and has said he intended to retire from Xfinity after his 100th victory (which he earned last month at Nashville Superspeedway).

Before Saturday’s race, Busch told NBC Sports reporter Marty Snider that it would be his last start in the Xfinity Series, and he sent some contemplative tweets before the race.

“It’s never say never, but yeah, this is it,” Busch said when asked postrace by Snider if it was his final Xfinity start.

NBC Sports

Original post: Kyle Busch won his 100th Xfinity Series race Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway. He has said for a number of years that he would retire from Xfinity after reaching 100 wins.

Busch is scheduled to drive in five Xfinity races this season. Saturday’s race was his third of the year.  He will still drive at Road America and Atlanta.

So, is he done after that?

It might be all said and done after two more Xfinity Series races. Busch doesn’t think Joe Gibbs Racing has sold any Xfinity races yet for him in 2022 and so this year could be his last running his allowed five events a season.

“Why? Did you hear the crowd? Nobody likes me,” Busch said. “I get beat up, whether it is the fans or (media), like ‘Why am I doing it? What am I doing it for? Why am I beating on the little guys?’ I love winning. If I can’t win on the Cup side, hell, I may quit that and come back and run Xfinity full time.”

Associated Press