The flag said it all when Kyle Busch took his victory lap around New Hampshire Motor Speedway today. Holding a flag emblazoned with the number 100, Busch celebrated becoming the third driver to win 100 NASCAR national series races. He notched this historic win at the New England 200.
The 26 year old Las Vegas, Nev. native continues to set records. Busch also captured his 49th NASCAR Nationwide Series win today. The victory tied him with Mark Martin for the most wins in NASCAR's minor league series.
"It's pretty cool. We're half way to my number," said Busch. "I have always said it's 200. You set your goals high and you try to get out there and do it. It's off on the horizon, it's a high goal, but hopefully we'll get to 200."
Mark Martin shared his thoughts on the record setting day.
"I remember watching Kyle the first time I saw him drive on a mile and a half in a Nationwide car," said Martin. "I watched his first lap and it was like he'd been doing it forever. That right there impressed me as much as where he sits today. Some people can learn how to drive these race cars if they really want to and work hard at it. It's the guys that know how before they ever do it and they work hard at it, they are the best drivers."
Busch had to hold off his hard-charging bitter rival Kevin Harvick who finished in second place.
"I was told a few weeks ago, if we touched the 18 car we'd be parked, said Harvick. "I got track position and slid up, but I have to be really careful, because that's how NASCAR put it to me. It'd be easier to win if I didn't have handcuffs put on me, but that's the way we had to do it."
When asked about Harvick's comment, Busch responded, "I had a great race with Harvick, no problem. I raced him just as clean as he raced me. If he got a warning I am sorry he got one, I did not. I raced hard, I raced clean and here I am."
Pulling a rare double duty weekend, Kasey Kahne finished third for J.R. Motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet.
"My car was bouncing pretty badly throughout the race, loose and tight and we just couldn't get a handle on it," said Kahne. "We missed a couple of wrecks and the crew did a good job. It ended up being a pretty good result."
Busch will go for win number 101 tomorrow during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301. A limited number of seats are still available. To purchase tickets call the NHMS ticket hotline at (603) 783-4931.