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Bill Elliott and Kyle Busch are tied at 44 wins

Comparison: Kyle Busch vs. Bill Elliott at 44 wins

Kyle Busch’s victory at Texas Motor Speedway was the 44th of his career in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, tying him with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott for 16th place all time.

Busch, who now races against Elliott’s son, Chase, provides an interesting stats comparison with “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville.”

PHOTOS: Bill Elliott’s career

Elliott’s 44th win came in the penultimate race of the 2003 season at Rockingham. Elliott, then 48 years old, led 140 laps in a Ray Evernham Dodge to cap his career, although he’d go on to race 98 more times in NASCAR’s top series over the next nine years.

Let’s take a look at how Busch’s career stats match up to Elliott’s at the time of both drivers’ 44th win.

Key Stats Bill Elliott Kyle Busch
Starts 730 469
Wins 44 44
Top fives 175 166
Top 10s 318 247
Laps led 11,178 14,730
Laps completed 207,750 131,011
Busch Pole Awards 55 28
Age 48 32

“Rowdy” clearly is in good company here, and he has a few other NASCAR Hall of Famers in his sights.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver has won 15 races over the past three-plus seasons, so he likely has a few more wins in him this year. Buck Baker is next in his sights with 46 wins, with Hall of Famer Herb Thomas looming after.

Here’s a look at the all-time top-20 winners in Monster Energy Series history, with an asterisk denoting an active driver.

Rank Driver Wins
 1.  Richard Petty  200
 2. David Pearson  105
 3.  Jeff Gordon  93
t-4. Bobby Allison 84
t-4. Darrell Waltrip 84
t-6. Jimmie Johnson* 83
t-6. Cale Yarborough 83
8. Dale Earnhardt 76
9. Rusty Wallace 55
10. Lee Petty 54
t-11. Junior Johnson 50
t-11. Ned Jarrett 50
13. Tony Stewart 49
14. Herb Thomas 48
15. Buck Baker 46
t-16. Kyle Busch* 44
t-16. Bill Elliott 44
t-18. Kevin Harvick* 40
t-18. Mark Martin 40
20. Tim Flock 39