‘Centurion’ Kyle Busch Hangs his Gloves From NASCAR Xfinity After his Final Win

Published 07/14/2021, 7:50 AM EDT
May 9, 2021; Darlington, South Carolina, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races during the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


At the age of 36, Kyle Busch is entering the twilight of his career. In fact, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver seems to be taking his first few steps towards retirement. Ahead of his fifth Xfinity Series start in 2021, he told NBC Sports that it would be his last start in the Xfinity Series.

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Nevertheless, he evidently decided that if he was to leave the Xfinity Series, he was going out with a bang. He did just that when he won all five Xfinity races that he entered in the 2021 season. His latest win has come at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, making it his 102nd win in NASCAR.

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Busch acknowledged that he was not going to stick around in the Xfinity series beyond 2021. Furthermore, Joe Gibbs Racing is not selling race sponsorships with him for the series next year. Suffice to say, this is probably the last time that anybody sees Kyle Busch race in the Xfinity Series.

Kyle Busch will be eager to bag wins in the Cup Series

Fortunately, Busch still has the Cup Series to fall back on and seek more glory. Although he is 36, he does know that there are a few rivals who are in their 40s and still going strong. Kyle Busch also won at Pocono and delivered third and second-place finishes at the two subsequent races.

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May 2, 2021; Kansas City, Kansas, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races at Kansas Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

This was enough to vault him up to third in the championship. To be precise, he is behind teammate Denny Hamlin, and Hendrick Motorsports driver Kyle Larson. The Pocono win is his third in the season, after his Busch Clash win and one at Kansas.

Meanwhile, at the recently concluded race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, it was Kurt Busch who won. That win was enough to vault him up to 14th in the championship. This will be really helpful for the driver as the 2021 NASCAR playoffs approach.

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