LOUDON, N.H. _ The number has always been 200. That's the number of NASCAR wins Kyle Busch set as his goal when he embarked on his racing career.
Now, at the ripe old age of 26, Busch is halfway to his objective.
Driving the No. 18 Z-Line Design Toyota fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch today captured his record-tying 49th Nationwide Series triumph in the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, recording his 100th NASCAR national series victory in the process.
Busch's triumph, his sixth of the season on the Nationwide Series, tied him with Mark Martin for all-time series wins after leading the final 33 laps of the race.
"It's special regardless,'' said Busch, who finished ahead of runner-up Kevin Harvick and third-place Kasey Kahne and fourth-place Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the highest-finishing Nationwide Series regular. "To me, it's a great opportunity to be able to come out here and be able to race in NASCAR and for myself to win as many as we've won. That's pretty special.''
Busch won his first Nationwide Series race at Richmond in 2004, just 12 days after his 19th birthday.
Making the moment even more special was having Martin on had at the post-race press conference.
"It's pretty incredible,'' Martin said. "I remember seeing Kyle drive for the first time in a Nationwide car on a mile-and-a-half, I don't remember it was Charlotte. The way I recalled it was his first Nationwide race and I watched his first lap and it was like he had been doing it forever. And that right there probably impressed me as much as where he sits today.''
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