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Busch ties Petty at 200 wins
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Expect the unexpected. I heard this mentioned on a TV show, but where better to say it again than in NASCAR. 

Once again, qualifying took the early headlines. As the clock ticked away in the final round, the 12 drivers who had made the cut played a game of chicken. Going out on the track first has its disadvantages so everyone waited and waited some more. When they decided to get on the track, time ran out before anyone reached the starting line. 

Fans in the stands booed as NASCAR officials announced that the starting lineup would be based on round two times.

With the series headed to Martinsville next weekend, the importance of drafting lessens under a group system. But come Texas Motor Speedway in a few weeks, these old tricks could be at play unless officials commit to major changes.

As for the race last week, Kyle Busch one again showed why he is the best driver currently in NASCAR. Busch took the checkered flag for the 200th time in a NASCAR national series race at Auto Club Speedway. Busch had the dominant car, leading seven times for 134 of 200 laps. He won the first two stages before opening up a commanding lead on the final green-flag run to take the checkers. 

It’s Busch’s 53rd Cup win and he’s just 33 years old.

Coupled with 94 Xfinity Series wins and 53 Truck Series wins, Busch’s total NASCAR National Series victories is now 200. NASCAR and the media are making a huge fuss over this stat claiming that it ties Busch with Richard Petty’s 200 Cup Series wins. Petty only ran in Cup Series races for NASCAR. Do we compare Busch’s 53 wins to Petty’s 200 Cup Series wins, or Busch’s 200 National Series wins to Petty’s 200 Cup Series wins? 

In comparing the runs that Busch and Petty raced in, figure that Busch competes against at least 15-20 cars of equal ability. Petty ran most of his races against only 5-7 cars of equal ability. Advantage Busch. 

Busch has competed in 998 total races in the NASCAR’s National Series while Petty competed in 1,184 Cup Series races. About even. 

Busch competes against the likes of Brett Moffit, Ross Chastain, Stewart Frieson, Johnny Sauter and Grant Enfinger in the Truck Series, and Michael Annett, Cole Custer, Joey Gase, Justin Haley and Tyler Hill in the Xfinity Series. Petty competed against David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt, Fred Lorenzen and Ned Jarrett — all essentially in their prime. Advantage Petty.

The accomplishments of Busch and Petty are two different achievements and the figures should not be compared. I never watched Petty race but I have watched most of Kyle Busch’s Xfinity and Cup Series races so I will once again state that Kyle Busch is the best and most talented driver in today’s era of NASCAR.