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CUP: Kyle Busch Wins 24 Races In Historic Season

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SceneDaily.com is featuring the top 10 stories of the 2010 racing season. Kyle Busch's overall season as a driver and owner was voted No. 4.

Kyle Busch won 26 trophies in NASCAR’s top three series in 2010 – 24 races and a piece of two owners championships.

Not a bad season.

Busch’s incredible campaign saw him win in 29.6 percent of his 81 starts in the Cup (three wins), Nationwide (13) and Truck (eight) series.

He finished in the top five 45 times (55.6 percent) and in the top 10 in 57 events (70.4 percent).

Along the way, he crushed the record for single-season wins in the Nationwide Series as his 13 victories broke the mark set by Sam Ard in 1993 and then Busch himself in 2008.

“It was a good year,” Busch said. “You always wish for more and you wish for more Cup wins and maybe you’d give up a couple Nationwide wins. … Unfortunately we just fell behind too early in the Cup stuff [in the Chase] to be a contender, but we’re looking towards next year to be one.”

While he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing in Cup (three victories, eighth-place finish in the standings) and Nationwide, Busch drove for himself in the trucks. Kyle Busch Motorsports won the owners title in its first season with Brian Ickler (seven races), Johnny Benson (one race) and Kasey Kahne (one race) all driving the No. 18 truck.

Busch also teamed with Brad Coleman to lead JGR to the owners championship in the Nationwide Series.

“To be able to have been a part of the owners championship on both sides is pretty big,” Busch said. “I will never get the credit for me winning two championships in the same season.

“But I can take a little bit of credit and people behind the scenes will give me some, too. … It was really a great year all-around in both the Truck and Nationwide series to win as many times as we did and being able to bring home two championships.”

The three biggest victories of 2010 might have come at Bristol in August, when Busch became the first driver to sweep a three-race weekend at a track.

“I’m very blessed from the guy above that gave me the talents that I have, obviously,” Busch said. “That’s really, really cool. And I do the best with what I’ve got every weekend. I try to go out there and give it my all.”

All in all, it was a pretty decent year for the 25-year-old driver, whose 86 career victories across the three national series ties him for seventh on the all-time list.

“We know my goal is 200,” Busch said. “It is going to be a task at hand.”

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