First in ARCA and now all three of NASCAR's top divisions, Busch keeps on winning

First in ARCA and now all three of NASCAR's top divisions, Busch keeps on winning

(TOLEDO, Ohio – February 26, 2014) – Kyle Busch is used to winning. He has amassed more than 125 career wins in NASCAR’s top three divisions. This past weekend he won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Daytona International Speedway, becoming the first driver to capture victories in ARCA plus all three of NASCAR’s divisions at the track.

“This now makes it to where I've won four,” Busch said after the victory. “I've won the ARCA race here. I've won the Truck race here. I've won the Nationwide and Cup – that’s the one (Truck Series) that was eluding me. I was trying to get a Truck win here and finally got one."

Busch’s first win at Daytona came in the 2004 Daytona ARCA 200. It would be his third and final ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory.

“Gary DeHart was my crew chief that day,” Busch told reporters. “It was the 87 Ditech car I was running for Hendrick (Motorsports). We won that race. Just an amazing feeling of being 18 years old, pulling into Victory Lane here in Daytona was pretty awesome.”

At Daytona, Busch has now won in the ARCA Racing Series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, three times in a Sprint Cup car (Coke Zero 400 in 2008, a Budweiser Duel in 2009, the Sprint Unlimited in 2012) and in the Nationwide Series in 2007.

His three ARCA wins came at Nashville (pictured a left) and Kentucky in 2003 and Daytona.

Although Busch hasn’t raced in the ARCA Racing Series since that Daytona victory in 2004, he did visit Victory Lane last year in the ARCA Midwest Tour race at the Milwaukee Mile (pictured above).

It’s well documented how he often drives his late model at short tracks around the country. “Rowdy,” as he is often called, does some ARCA/CRA Super Series races as well.

“Kyle has competed in the ARCA Midwest Tour regularly at least once a year,” said Steve Einhaus, vice president of the series. “He is truly a short track racer and he hasn't forgotten one bit about where he came from.”

ARCA President Ron Drager said that Busch has always been respectful of ARCA and his time spent in the series.

“When he was a teenager, Kyle and his father, Tom, would stop at our booth at the PRI show and talk about how they could get his career moving forward,” Drager said. “He’s one of those drivers who doesn’t need to, but does, give back to the sport.”

In addition to racing in the ARCA Racing Series, Busch also raced his late model at Toledo Speedway, once did a media day tour at Toledo and also raced in the former ASA series, which included stops at Toledo.

“When he got out of that truck at Daytona, he mentioned ‘ARCA,’” Drager said. “People have strong opinions about Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch has strong opinions. But, from an ARCA perspective, he’s always been very respectful and hasn’t forgotten that its important what ARCA is doing in the industry.”

"It's been an honor to have Kyle Busch race with CRA and the ARCA/CRA Super Series,” said Glenn Luckett, president of CRA. “Kyle is one of the few top tier NASCAR drivers that continues to give back to short track racing. When he wins a CRA race, to him, it's just like winning a NASCAR event, he always puts on a show and is glad to be there racing.”

Einhaus said other drivers know when Busch comes to a race, he is going to give it his all.

“He is fierce, and he's not there just for show, he's there to win period,” Einhaus said. “That's his nature, and the competitors know that when he shows up, they have to step it up. He's been very cordial with us and does all that we ask of him on race day and that says a lot.”

(Top photo courtesy of ARCA Midwest Tour)

By Doug Donnelly, arcaracing.com

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