Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch spoke with Beyond the Flag about what it was like watching son Brexton get his first win back in September.
Before 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion Kurt Busch got his first win at his home race track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway back in the round of 12 of the playoffs, another Busch found victory lane for the first time.
That other Busch is Brexton Busch, the son of two-time Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, Kurt’s brother. Brexton, the five-year-old whose racing career officially began last July, won in a winged box stock at Millbridge Speedway in North Carolina earlier that weekend.
Tom Busch, Brexton’s grandfather and the father of Kurt and Kyle, is the truck driver, the team manager, the crew chief, the lead mechanic and more on his cart.
We spoke with Kyle, whose 57 career Cup Series wins rank 10th on the all-time wins list, about what it was like watching his son start to follow in his dad’s footsteps by taking the checkered flag for the first time.
“It was really cool,” said Kyle. “It’s been really, really fun seeing him kind of get involved and be excited about it and want to go out there and want to drive and want to race and want to compete.”
But Brexton didn’t just win the race. He dominated the whole event.
“He was first in class in qualifying and then started on the pole in the heat race, won the heat race, and then was able to win the main event as well too,” Kyle continued. “It was really, really exciting.”
But, like any proud parent, Kyle was nervous watching his son lead as the laps wound down, and for a reason that Kyle himself is all too familiar with: lap traffic.
“The one part that kind of got me nervous was he was coming up to a lap car with like three laps to go and the second place car was catching him, and it kind of made me nervous that he was going to get stuck in traffic and not be able to pass or crash or something like that,” Kyle said.
“But he was able to blow right by the lap car and distance himself. Actually the second place car got stuck behind the lap car and kind of solidified his win, so that was the only nervous part for me, but otherwise it was pretty cool to see him take his first checkered flag.”
Brexton has since added to his win total.
We expect he’ll be able to say that quite often, too.