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Kyle Busch’s 8-Year-Old Prodigy Racks up a 3-Digit Pay Check as He Gives Harsh Competition to Kevin Harvick’s Son

Published 09/22/2023, 9:17 AM EDT

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Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick are two of the longest running drivers in the current grid of 2023. Sharing 3-Cup Series championships between the two of them, they have cemented their legacies as successful drivers. But their surnames don’t appear to be satisfied with what they’ve achieved. In the lines of the dynasties, the likes of Dale Earnhardt and Bill Elliott had created, the Busch and the Harvick names appear to follow.

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Brexton Busch and Keelan Harvick, the drivers’ sons, have been battling it out for prominence in the race track despite their young ages. And as of Friday, the former might have one-upped Keelan with a win at Texas.

The young Brexton Busch gets one over Kevin Harvick’s 10-year-old son, Keelan


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The second round of the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs will begin at the Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday. But that wasn’t the only race scheduled at the track over this weekend. The second annual Micro Mania is also underway around a one-fifth mile of the Lil Texas Motor Speedway oval. With smaller versions of the bigger sprint cars, the junior sprint division of the event is exclusively meant for kids. It was at the prelims of this race that Kyle Busch’s young son took the win and brought to his dad a proud $100.

Taking it to his Instagram story to share the news of his win, he posted pictures of him standing atop the podium with a grand smile. What the win meant to him can be understood by his post that came prior to the race. Sharing a picture, Kyle bending down to his son’s car to offer some words of advice, he’d captioned it, “Driver, coach, my Dad. Trying to grab back-to-back [chequered flag] tonight at Sweet Springs with the best teacher a kid could ask for”


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Although Keelan Harvick was not a part of the race at Texas, as per recent developments, it seems he will surely be seeing good competition from Brexton. But how far will the youngsters carry their fathers’ legacies?

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Will Brexton and Keelan emulate the legacies that their fathers’ have created?

Despite his young age, Keelan has made his intentions clear as far as racing is concerned. After finishing 5th in the IAME World Finals Championship at Le Mans last year, he’d talked of his interest in racing in Formula 1 instead of NASCAR. Earlier this year, he had followed in his father’s footsteps to race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the CookOut Summer Shootout series. While Brexton had ran in the Beginner’s Bandoleros division, Keelan had done so in the Young Lions division. A few weeks later, he also debuted in the X30 Junior series. As he finished his maiden race at P4, Kevin took it to his ‘X’ handle to get behind the back of his son.


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Speaking to the media in June, Kyle too expressed his happiness with seeing his son race at the CookOut Summer series. Kyle had said, “I think for me, my favorite part is just the growth. And as he (Brexton) gets better and as he learns, he gets more confident. I think it’s more fun when you’re able to go to Victory Lane with your son.”


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With both the drivers being the perfect launchpads for their sons’ racing careers, all will fall on the youngsters not burning out to see them fill the big shoes that their fathers have created. If they do end up living up to the promise they’ve started showing early on, we may have another Dale Earnhardt Jr or Chase Elliott on our hands.

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Written by:

Gowtham Ramalingam


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Gowtham Ramalingam is a NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. His love for motorsports stems from his fascination with Formula 1. Possessing an obsession for anything with an engine, the roads eventually led him to the raw grounds of NASCAR and he has been an avid fan of the sport ever since.
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Ranvijay Singh