How Kyle Busch’s Son, 6, is Counseling Him to Finally Win the Daytona 500

After 17 winless Daytona 500 performances, Kyle Busch is going back to the beginning. He’s starting from scratch. He scheduled a sit-down with the family’s most accomplished driver lately.

Busch’s 6-year-old son, Brexton, who recently won a dirt-track race, offered his advice.

“He’s winning more than me these days, so somebody better send him a contract,” he said during an open-mic interview following NASCAR‘s Clash at the Coliseum.

With the Daytona 500 approaching on Feb. 20, the elder Busch may need another counseling session.

‘Hello, Son?’ Dad, aka Kyle Busch, needs some advice on how to win the Daytona 500 

NASCAR Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch (18), Brad Keselowski (2), Austin Cindric (33), Bubba Wallace (23), Joey Logano (22), and Cole Custer (41) are involved in an on-track incident during the fiery final lap of the 63rd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 14, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Florida | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Last year, Busch was caught up in flames. On the final lap of the Daytona 500, Busch, Brad Keselowski, Austin Cindric, Bubba Wallace, Cole Custer, and Joey Logano collided in a fiery crash along the regaining wall. Busch ended up in 14th place. In 2020, he suffered engine problems during the season-opening race, finishing 34th.

It was much like how he started his career at Daytona International Speedway. During his debut effort, he came in 38th but at least finished running. Including the summer races at Daytona, Busch has started 33 races at Daytona, securing only one checkered flag but 11 DNFs. His average finish at the beach is 19.7.

“Hello, son?”

Busch needs more help checking off one of his final career boxes.

“It’s at the top of the to-do list,” Busch said via Zoom teleconference on Feb. 15, the opener of Speedweeks. “That box has not yet been checked.”

Busch seeks to fill trophy-room void with Daytona 500 honor 

As the Cup series’ active leader with 59 wins, Busch keeps a spot reserved for the Harley J. Earl Trophy, awarded to winners of “The Great American Race.” 

“That would be nice,” Busch said. 

Among the topics the elder Busch likely will address with his young counselor will be the new Next Gen cars’ specs for the 2.5-mile superspeedway. During tests at Daytona last month and September 2021, teams determined the most competitive setup was the 510-horsepower and 7-inch spoiler package. 

Much of the data collected from his runner-up finish during the Clash at the Coliseum on Feb. 6 will not prove noteworthy until the tour rolls into Richmond Raceway (April 3) and Martinsville Speedway (April 9). For Daytona? Speedweeks also will be reserved for a few trial-and-error spins

Whatever the team does, Busch needs to do something different. 

Including his 102 Xfinity Series wins and 61 Camping World Truck Series victories, Busch has collected 222 national series checkered flags, a NASCAR record.  

Still, there’s that empty box next to Daytona 500 on his career to-do list. 

It’s a big void. 

Busch received confidence boost during the Clash at the Coliseum  

Before the Clash outing, Busch departed the one-mile Phoenix Raceway dissatisfied with how the Joe Gibbs Racing machine performed. Still, the team made adjustments, and Busch handled the new technology well enough to lead an exhibition-high 64 laps. He lost to Joey Logano by 0.877 seconds. 

“That was a little bit of a confidence booster for me and my guys getting into that part of the season, with Phoenix and Martinsville coming up,” he said. “We’ll see.” 

Well, if Busch has any questions, he knows who to call. 

“Hello, son?”

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