Kyle Busch not surprised by his selection to NASCAR’s 75 greatest drivers list

DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA - MAY 13: Kyle Busch, driver of the #8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet, drives during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway on May 13, 2023 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch didn’t try to feign surprise. The shock would have if the two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion HADN’T been selected as one of NASCAR’s 75 greatest drivers.

After all, Busch has accumulated 62 NASCAR Cup Series victories, ninth all-time and most among active drivers. He holds records for victories in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (102) and CRAFTSMAN Truck Series (63).

So it was almost a foregone conclusion that Busch would be included on NASCAR’s list of greatest drivers during the 75th anniversary celebration.

“Yeah, I guess to answer ‘Did I expect that?’—Yeah, I did,” Busch said on Saturday at Darlington. “So it wasn’t necessarily going to be a surprise, but I feel like it’s a cool honor and a humbling one to be a part of that group, just with my past successes and all the people that have brought me to this point of my career.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the very beginning of time, racing in Las Vegas in Legend cars and late models, all the way through the ranks to get to the top. And then all the great team members that I’ve worked with from HMS (Hendrick Motorsports), JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) and now RCR (Richard Childress Racing).

“Obviously you take that as much as you can with the accolade and the things that you’ve done. To say that you’ve had a really good career is great. Obviously, hopefully, it’s not over.”