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Watch Kyle Busch's Family Celebrate His History-Making Victory At Fontana
Kyle Busch, the two-time NASCAR champion, now owns the record for wins in most consecutive Cup Series seasons.
Kyle Busch made a bit of NASCAR history Sunday, winning the Pala Casino 400 at Fontana to become the record-holder for most consecutive seasons with at least one victory, with 19. And not only did NASCAR fans get to witness the celebrations on the track, but also in the Busch home as wife Samantha posted a video to Instagram showing the family celebrating the historic achievement.
“Omg I seriously can’t believe it!” Samantha posted on Instagram. “Kyle, Randall the 8 team and all RCR are all bad ass but to be so strong right out the gate this is absolutely amazing!!!! I’m so beyond proud of everyone there and so grateful that they gave Kyle this amazing opportunity.”
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Fans who saw USA Network’s Race for the Championship last year will know how important Busch’s family is, as the show tracked NASCAR stars’ lives both on the track and at home. And with the Kyle and Samantha welcoming baby daughter Lennix May, joining big brother Brexton, fans got to see that up close. Seeing Samantha’s video Sunday was another reminder of that.
“We’re so sad we didn’t come this weekend, but Lennix is teething and not sleeping well so we didn’t think that was best for Kyle race weekend. He’ll have to get another for us in Vegas!”
Busch, of course, is in his first season with Richard Childress Racing, having left Joe Gibbs Racing this winter, providing the 37-year-old with a unique opportunity to shake things up and hit the reset button on his remarkable career that’s seen him take home two Cup Series championships (2015 and 2019). He didn’t have to reinvent himself, but he needed to get back to his racing roots – roots made him a fearless and equally feared competitor. Roots that had helped him put the NASCAR Cup Series on blast early in his career, declaring in his signature, bombastic style that he was a force to be reckoned with here and in the future. Now, after his statement victory Sunday, any doubts that Busch had lost his fastball have been put to rest.
Though Ross Chastain led the most laps during the event with 91, Wild Thing grabbed the reins of the race on lap 143, battling through the final series of green-flag pitstops to maintain his lead and keep the second-place finisher Chase Elliott in his rearview by nearly a full three seconds. The Watermelon Man came in third while his Trackhouse Racing teammate Daniel Suarez took fourth, and veteran Kevin Harvick, who’s in his last season, claimed the fifth spot.
“Kyle is fantastic, one of the best race-car drivers to ever do this,” Elliott stated after the race. "That didn't change overnight. So, I'm not surprised. And anybody who is should rethink their NASCAR knowledge."
With a win in Rowdy’s 19th season, the hard-fought triumph moves Busch past the legendary, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty. The win carries additional significance in NASCAR’s history because Busch is now the final winner on Fontana’s two-mile course layout, as the track is set to be transformed into a non-Cup Series short track after this season.
Busch wasn’t alone in celebrating his historic win as many of his fellow past and present Cup Series competitors reached out on social media to congratulate him on the career milestone.
“Proud brother!” tweet Kurt Busch who retired last season. “It takes a lot to make a move and instantly see results. With his win today, we are officially the winningest brother duo in NASCAR history. What an honor.”
“Couldn’t be more happy for @KyleBusch,” Kyle Larson posted on Twitter. “The guy is one of the best racecar drivers of all time and will always be. I’m glad it only took him 2 races to remind the world.”
His post-race interviews are known to devolve into surly rants, but as mercurial as he has been at times throughout his career, Busch is adored by a large segment of fans, and race fans got an authentic look at the man in the arena after he thanked his family and beamed nothing but gratitude for his new team and owners.
“I think it’s just phenomenal,” Busch gushed excitedly. “I can’t thank Richard and Judy [Childress] enough, Austin [Dillon] for calling me and getting me talking and getting me the opportunity to come over here to RCR.”
“The guys did a great job,” continued Busch. “Everybody that worked so hard in the offseason. We did a lot of sim stuff, a lot of testing in general just trying to get up to speed. There is nothing more rewarding than being able to go to victory lane.”
While Busch clearly knows a thing or two about cruising into victory lane, it’s been more than 15 years since he last did it in a car outside of Joe Gibbs Racing. The last time Rowdy did that was in 2007 when he competed for Hendrick Motorsports.
“I feel like I’ve been with a lot of great teams over my career,” Busch continued. “Having a chance to win 19 years in a row, I don’t know if that tells you you’re getting old or you’re doing pretty good. Probably a little bit of both, but I’m certainly looking forward to continuing on here at RCR and having a great season this year, going after it and hopefully racing for a championship.”
As Busch takes some time in Las Vegas to reflect on his momentous victory, the war is far from over. That said, Fontana’s victory guarantees him a spot in the Cup Series playoffs. Though the win provides him with a bit of safety blanket, if there’s one thing we know for certain, when it comes to Busch, pushing his limits and never resting on his laurels is what continues to make him one of the best of the best.
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