After 15 years of driving the number 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, two time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch moves to a new team, a new number, and a new manufacturer when he will drive the number eight Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing.

But a new team and car isn’t the only thing in store for the Busch when NASCAR starts a new season in Los Angeles with The Clash on February 5, 2023.

When he won the Dirt Race at Bristol in 2022, Kyle Busch tied the record with Rickard Petty for 18 seasons in a row with at least one win.  If/when he wins a race in 2023, he will own the record outright.

On the way to searching for a victory to make it 19 years in a row, Busch needs to lead just 92 laps to reach a total of 19,000 race laps led in his career.  His 18,908 laps led leads all active drivers; Kevin Harvick is in second over 3,000 laps behind.

When it comes to the all time driver list, Busch is currently in tenth just 33 laps behind ninth place driver Jimmie Johnson and 43 behind eighth place driver Rusty Wallace.

While winning any race is always a challenge and winning multiple races is a formidable feat; top 10’s make for a consistent season that can put a driver in the playoffs.  A consistent season with multiple top 10’s will also help Busch to march up another list.  Currently he is 13th in the all time top 10 finish list with 355; but he is just six top 10 finishes behind Terry Labonte and eleven behind eleventh place driver David Pearson.  If he can reach the top 10 in half of the races next season, he will be in the top 10.  If he can make it to 19 top 10’s in this upcoming season, he will pass both Ricky Rudd and Jimmie Johnson for ninth.  Despite a tumultuous 2022 season with multiple DNF’s Busch finished in the top 10 17 times.  Even during a bad season, Busch has earned at least 13 top 10 finishes every season in his career. 

The all time top five finishes and reaching the top 20 in pole awards are also on the radar for Kyle Busch in 2023.