Unsurprisingly, Kyle Busch had a spectacular reaction to winning his 200th race across NASCAR’s three national series.
Winning the Auto Club 400 on Sunday with a dominant car that no one could catch, Busch’s first words over the radio to his team capture the essence of how he racked up so many wins at just 33 years old.
It was also his second checkered flag of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season after he won last weekend at ISM Raceway near Phoenix and marked his 53rd Cup win overall. And as he drove down the Auto Club Speedway track during his cool-down lap, he told his team:
“Awesome race car! Thank you, thank you, thank you! ‘All I do is win, win, win no matter what!'”
Busch is the winningest driver in both NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and Truck Series, the sport’s second- and third-tier levels. And somewhat fittingly, he also scored his first Cup Series victory at Auto Club Speedway in California as a rookie in 2005.
After he took off his helmet and collected himself, Busch thanked his team for giving him a car with incredible speed. After winning the first and second 60-lap stages of the race, he lost the lead following a pit-road speeding penalty and briefly fell out of the top-10. But he fought back quickly, and with fewer than 30 laps to go, he swiftly passed Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano to jump out front.
“Feels just like No. 1. Feels just like yesterday. Man, that was such an awesome race car! I mean, dang! This Interstate Batteries Camry was awesome today, and I’m glad we put on a heck of a show for all these fans out here in California at Auto Club Speedway. You know, it takes green to get into Victory Lane today. Today’s St. Paddy’s Day, come on. All the rest of them guys were at a disadvantage – I knew that all day long. This Interstate Batteries green machine was flying today, so just awesome, just awesome.
“To win 200, whatever it means, it means a lot to me, it means a lot to all my guys, everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing. You guys are all the best.”