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 —
Congrats Kyle on an amazing Xfinity racing career. Im so proud of u! I remember when we were first dating u told me ur goals for race wins. It makes me so happy to see u achieve them!
I know we will still end up at a track every Saturday but now it will be for Brexton! pic.twitter.com/yMSHK6NIcA
— Samantha Busch (@SamanthaBusch) July 11, 2021
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 —