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Kurt Busch to make 700th career Cup start

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Former champion Kurt Busch will make his 700th career Cup start today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (4 p.m. ET on NBC and the NBC Sports App).

Busch becomes only the 16th driver to amass at least 700 career Cup starts. Richard Petty owns the series record with 1,185 starts.

Busch, who starts second today at Indy, has the most career starts among active drivers. He has two more starts than Kevin Harvick, who is scheduled to make his 700th career Cup start July 19 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch made his first career Cup start Sept. 24, 2000 at Dover, finishing 18th.

He has 31 career victories, including the 2017 Daytona 500. Busch won the 2004 Cup title. He has 307 career top-10 finishes.

The 41-year-old marvels at making his 700th career Cup start today.

“It’s amazing,” Busch said. “To have this opportunity and to have been blessed to have raced with so many great race teams over the years, just making it past the local track was something that I thought was an achievement because my dad was a local racer. He won a lot. But it was like money, sponsors, and the whole challenge of even getting to like the Southwest Tour and Late Model division, that was even tough for us way back in the past.

“So, it’s amazing. Twenty years of racing at the top series level and now having 700 starts, I never would have guessed.”

Busch is 10th in points entering today’s race. He has yet to win his year but has three top-five finishes and nine top-10 results in 15 starts for Chip Ganassi Racing.

MOST CAREER CUP STARTS

1,185 – Richard Petty

906 – Ricky Rudd

890 – Terry Labonte

883 – Dave Marcis

882 – Mark Martin

829 – Kyle Petty

828 – Bill Elliott

809 – Darrell Waltrip

805 – Jeff Gordon

784 – Michael Waltrip

763 – Ken Schrader

748 – Sterling Marlin

729 – Bobby Labonte

706 – Rusty Wallace

700 – Kurt Busch

Clint Bowyer peaks with Kyle Petty throwback scheme for Southern 500

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The drumbeat toward this fall’s Southern 500 Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway has started, courtesy of Stewart-Haas Racing and Clint Bowyer.

Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford will take inspiration from the No. 42 car that NBC Sports analyst Kyle Petty drove in 1990 when he competed for SABCO Racing and was sponsored by Peak Antifreeze.

Bowyer will be sponsored by Peak in the race.

It’s the latest Darlington throwback to Petty’s career. Kyle Larson drove a Mello Yello scheme in 2015 and Ryan Blaney drove his Wood Brothers Racing scheme in 2017.

In 1990, Petty claimed one Cup win. He led 433 of 492 laps at Rockingham Speedway. It was one of his three wins at Rockingham from 1990-92.

The Southern 500 is tentatively scheduled to open the playoffs on Sept. 6 on NBCSN.

Kyle Petty joins Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN

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NASCAR on NBC analyst Kyle Petty will be on today’s “Lunch Talk Live” with host Mike Tirico as part of a series of important conversations. Also on today’s show is former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey.

Today’s show airs at noon ET on NBCSN.

“Lunch Talk Live” focuses on the current state of the sports world, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

You can also watch the show online here.

Today’s scheduled guests are:

  • Noon – Dave Bing, Basketball Hall of Famer & former Detroit mayor
  • 12:15 p.m. – Ryan Saunders, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach
  • 12:30 p.m. – Dwane Casey, Detroit Pistons head coach
  • 12:40 p.m. – Pedro Martinez, MLB Hall of Famer, and wife Carolina
  • 12:50 p.m. – Kyle Petty, NASCAR on NBC

Kyle Petty: ‘You’ve got to have thick skin’ at Bristol

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An incensed Joey Logano said of Chase Elliott and the contact they had late in Sunday’s race at Bristol, “He wrecked me.”

NASCAR On NBC analyst Kyle Petty can understand Logano’s frustration.

“The one thing as a driver, whether you’re Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin or Chase Elliott, expect somebody to run into you, that’s going to happen at Bristol,” Petty said on NASCAR America At Home. “You’ve got to expect it and be prepared for it.

“These guys (Logano and Elliott) already have wins, but look at how they’re driving, look at how much and how important a NASCAR Cup win is to each and every one of these guys, but especially a NASCAR Cup win at Bristol. That’s a big feather in your cap.”

Even though both drivers have at least one win each this season, and even with no fans in the stands, there was still plenty of incentive for Logano and Elliott.

“When you look at it, it shows these guys aren’t just phoning it in, they’re not just mailing it in and saying we’re going to go to the racetrack and not have any practice,” Petty said. “They come to win, they come to win every week. And I think that came through today, maybe more so than anything else.

“Joey says it’s childish (that he almost had to force an apology from Elliott after the race). That’s heat-of-the-moment talk. Chase, he apologizes, but let’s go back to Darlington. It seemed like Kyle Busch was trying to apologize (to Elliott) but Chase wasn’t having any of that.

“If you’re going to dish, you’ve got to take. That’s the way it is. You’ve got to have thick skin. If you’re going to throw it out there and be mad at somebody, you’ve got to expect somebody to be mad at you. This is just Bristol.”

Petty reiterated that while the circumstances with three laps left dictated Elliott make a risky move, that kind of behavior is almost expected at a place like Bristol.

“Chase fired it off in the corner,” Petty said. “Why? Because he wanted to win the race. He felt he had a better car and that it would stick. It didn’t stick. Have we ever seen Joey Logano do that, or Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick or a number of other drivers? Yes. You count on that thing sticking but it doesn’t always stick, it doesn’t always go where you point.

“At Bristol you have to expect that when somebody fires it off in the corner under you with two-and-a-half or three laps to go or they’re on the last lap, there’s going to be some contact. And chances are if you’re on the outside, there’s going to be some contact with the wall.”

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Kyle Petty to appear on today’s Lunch Talk Live on NBCSN

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NASCAR on NBC analyst Kyle Petty will be on today’s Lunch Talk Live with Rebecca Lowe to discuss the NASCAR season resuming Sunday at Darlington Raceway. Today’s show airs at noon ET on NBCSN.

The Darlington event marks NASCAR’s first race since March 8.

“Lunch Talk Live” focuses on the current state of the sports world and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, providing guests with a platform to discuss the state of sports, voice their personal stories and detail how they are adapting their daily lives during this challenging time.

You can also watch the show online here.

Tuesday’s scheduled guests are:

  • 12:00 p.m. – Arlo White
  • 12:15 p.m. – Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin
  • 12:25 p.m. – Al Michaels
  • 12:40 p.m. – Cleveland Cavalier Larry Nance Jr.
  • 12:50 p.m. – Kyle Petty