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Kyle Busch completes 600th start in third

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LAS VEGAS — “Top-five; it ain’t a win, what’s it matter,” Kyle Busch said when asked by The Racing Experts about completing the milestone start.

By starting the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, the two-time Cup Series champion became the 31st driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to race in at least 600 premier series races.

Busch finished third in the race after starting 10th.

In 600 career starts, Busch has earned 32 poles, 59 wins, 226 Top-5 finishes, 334 Top-10 finishes, 18,235 laps led and two series championships (2015 and 2019).

In the 73-year history of NASCAR’s premier series, no driver has ever won in their 600th start.

The highest a driver has finished in their 600th start is third-place twice. Darrell Waltrip finished third at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March of 1994 and Jeff Gordon finished third at Chicagoland Speedway in July of 2010.

The first driver to make their 600th start was Buck Baker, who finished 16th at Hickory Speedway in April of 1968.


Feliz Vigil contributed to this story.

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