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Kyle Busch Is Winningest NASCAR Truck Series Driver Ever, but Not Everyone's Impressed

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Is being the all-time hits leader in minor league baseball or the all-time points leader in the G-League reason to celebrate?

Well, for the individual who holds those records, maybe. But for fans who only care about the highest level of competition? Cue up the shrug emoji.

On Saturday, NASCAR star Kyle Busch won the Ultimate Tailgating 200 event at Atlanta Motor Speedway to become the winningest driver in the NASCAR Truck Series, according to USA Today.

It was his 52nd victory in the Truck Series, which is NASCAR’s third-tier series behind the top-level Cup Series and the second-level Xfinity Series. With his victory, Busch moved out of a first-place tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ron Hornaday Jr.

Busch was obviously thrilled with both the victory and the record, and he shared a post-race celebration video to social media.

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“Hey what’s up Rowdy Nation?” Busch said. “We made it to victory lane in the Gander Outdoor(s) Truck Series race for win number 52. Fifty-two.”

But again, the Truck Series is the third-tier series for NASCAR, and some fans weren’t all that impressed with Busch’s accomplishment.

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The Truck Series is seen by many as a developmental series for drivers looking to eventually make their way to the Cup Series.

Is Busch's record-breaking Truck Series win something he should be proud of?

With nearly 1,000 races under his belt, Busch is certainly not a developmental driver, and many think he’s taking advantage of young and inexperienced drivers by competing in the Truck Series.

But the criticism doesn’t seem to bother Busch, who has earned quite the reputation for rubbing others in NASCAR the wrong way.

“It means a lot,” Busch said of the record-breaking win, according to the Sporting News. “It’s a big deal for me and a big deal for this team.”

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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