LOUDON, NH - Kyle Busch has sped into auto racing history. He grabbed a souvenir for the victory lap he'd perfected 99 times before: A white "100" flag that rippled out the window of the Number 18 Toyota, one special number and a giant slice of NASCAR history.
Whether purists like it or not, Busch joined an elite list in auto racing history, becoming the third NASCAR driver to win 100 races.
Busch's victory Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway also tied him with Mark Martin for first place in career Nationwide Series victories with 49. Busch has 22 wins in Sprint Cup and 29 in the Trucks Series.
Richard Petty is NASCAR's career leader with 200 wins and David Pearson is second with 105. Petty and Pearson won all their races at the Cup level. Busch has 100 wins spread over NASCAR's top three national series.
Busch, the 2009 Nationwide champion, won for the sixth time this season.
Asked how many of his 99 victories he remembered, Busch said this week he only thinks about the next one. It's here.