LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 04: Kyle Busch, driver of the #8 Alsco Chevrolet, and NASCAR Hall of Famer and GMS Motorsports owner Richard Petty talk on the grid during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 04, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Kyle Busch Looking To Reach NASCAR Immortality

Richard Childress Racing's Kyle Busch is a two-time Cup Series champion and the active all-time wins leader in the series, so he doesn't need to do any more in his NASCAR career for him to be considered among the sport's greatest. However, Busch is on the brink of accomplishing something that has never been done in NASCAR history. He's in rarefied air as it is, with only "The King" Richard Petty coming close to what Busch has already surpassed.

Busch enters 2024 having won a Cup race in 19 consecutive seasons. He shattered the previous record of 18 seasons held by Petty with his first win for RCR at Fontana, which was the first of Busch's three wins in the No. 8 car in 2023.

A victory in the 2024 season would mark 20 consecutive seasons with a win, dating back to his rookie season in 2005 when he won two races.

Many in the racing world are looking forward to seeing if Busch can become the first driver in NASCAR's history to win a race in 20 consecutive seasons, which will further cement his place as one of the sport's greatest drivers.

And to think he still hasn't reached his 40s yet. With 63 career Cup wins, he currently holds ninth on the all-time list. Setting the 20-consecutive season win mark could be big for Busch, as he looks to build on his first season with Richard Childress Racing.

Dale Earnhardt Sr., who was RCR's greatest driver, is the driver ahead of Kyle on the Career Victory list.

Busch has got some work to do if he wants to climb the all-time victory list. He is 13 wins behind Earnhardt's 76 wins, but knowing that "The Intimidator" is the next person for Busch to surpass ought to give him extra incentive.

Additionally, it took Earnhardt 20 years to win the Daytona 500 — one of the few races that Busch has not yet won. Could it be Busch's destiny to extend the record to 20 consecutive seasons with victory in his 20th Daytona 500? That would be poetic.

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