Kyle Busch thinks he can pass Dale Earnhardt Sr. on the all-time wins list

MADISON, ILLINOIS - JUNE 04: Kyle Busch, driver of the #8 3CHI Chevrolet, poses next to his winner sticker in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Enjoy Illinois 300 at WWT Raceway on June 04, 2023 in Madison, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

With his victory last Sunday at World Wide Technology Raceway, Kyle Busch now has 63 wins in the NASCAR Cup Series, most among active drivers and ninth all-time.

Busch needs 13 more victories to catch eighth-place Dale Earnhardt Sr. and 20 more to equal the totals of Jimmie Johnson and Cale Yarborough.

As a driver keenly aware of statistics, Busch has thought about the prospect of advancing up NASCAR’s career win list.

“Yeah, I mean I would have said during the 2015-to-2019 time frame, when I was winning five or six a season, that it was definitely attainable,” said Busch, who came to Sonoma early to induct his brother, Kurt Busch, into the West Coast Stock Car Motorsports Hall of Fame on Thursday night. “And then we kind of slowed down the last few years, and I would have probably told you I didn’t know if I’d get there.

“And then this year, we’ve got three and I feel like there’s plenty more. So hopefully we can continue to showcase that at RCR (Richard Childress Racing) and with the No. 8 Chevy to go out there and win some more. I think anything is possible. I think it would be more fair to talk about it when I at least hit 70, which could probably happen by the end of next year—so hopefully it does.”