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Team: Stewart Haas Racing-41
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Kurt Busch finished seventh at Richmond in the Federated Auto Parts 400 and that was significant for two reasons. It was his first top-10 that was not also a top-five and his third top-10 in the past five races.
The reason a seventh-place finish was better than a top-five for Busch is this: it showed for the first time this season that he was willing to be that close to the front of the pack without potentially over-driving his car and slapping the wall. He still has not earned back-to-back top-10s since March, but he is getting closer. As predicted before the race, Busch finished within only a few laps of his qualification effort of ninth. Sep 7 - 12:29 PM

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Kurt Busch should be able to finish what he starts at Richmond. His last three efforts there ended within five positions of where he lined up on the grid.

Busch improved five spots to finish ninth in spring 2013, started and finished second last fall, and slipped two spots to finish 23rd this spring. His ninth-place qualification should be indicative of a solid run, but is unlikely to give him the track position to challenge for the win.
Sep 5 - 9:20 PM

If Kurt Busch finishes in the top 10 this week at Atlanta, it will be the first time since March that he posted consecutive finishes of that magnitude.

Qualifying 22nd, he would seem to have his work cut out for him, but that is precisely where he started at Martinsville. He won that race and recorded his only consecutive top-10s of the season following a third at Auto Club.
Aug 30 - 11:52 AM

Kurt Busch will race chassis No. 760 at Atlanta. This car has been raced previously at Kansas in May and Indy in July.

Chassis No. 760 did not fare well in either race, finishing 29th at Kansas and 28th at Indy. As is often the case with this driver, he showed promise during the afternoon, but ultimately it is the finishing result that matters most to fantasy owners.
Aug 29 - 10:05 AM

Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Irwin Tools Night Race and kept a perfect streak of all-or-nothing finishes alive.

In 24 races Busch has finished in the top five six times with all but one of these being third or better. His other 18 attempts all ended outside the top 10.
Aug 24 - 3:56 PM

In the past two seasons, Kurt Busch has been an all or nothing driver on short tracks. In nine starts during 2013 and 2014 on courses less than a mile in length, he has four top-10s and four results outside the top 20.

There are a variety of reasons for Busch’s inconsistency, from simple bad luck to mistakes while driving, but this tendency makes him difficult to start most weeks.
Aug 21 - 1:40 PM

Kurt Busch was battling for the lead with Joey Logano late in the Pure Michigan 400 when he got out of shape and slammed the wall. Instead of a top-five finish, he ultimately ended four laps off the pace in 31st.

The majority of points in fantasy games are earned at the end of the day and drivers who are consistently unable to stay out of trouble are risky. This was the seventh time in 23 races that Busch sustained crash damage.
Aug 18 - 10:54 AM

Kurt Busch posted the second-fastest speed in the second practice session for the Pure Michigan 400. His top speed of 203.109 was 13/1,000ths of a second slower than Kevin Harvick, who posted the fastest speed.

Busch has struggled in race trim during the past four years, but the Stewart-Haas Racing organization has been uniformly fast all weekend. With their eponymous owner missing this race because of emotional concerns, they seem to have something to prove.
Aug 16 - 9:38 AM

Last year’s third-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 was an anomaly for Kurt Busch at Michigan in recent years. It is his only top-10 in the last eight events on this track.

Busch qualified 16th and seems to be on target to finish in that same range. His up and down season may have him priced correctly in most salary cap games to create an acceptable value.
Aug 16 - 9:32 AM

Kurt Busch started fifth and finished third in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. His third-place finish came after he spent the third-most laps in the top five.

Busch failed to lead a lap during the afternoon, but he was never out of contention for a strong finish. This was his fifth top-10 in the last eight road course races.
Aug 10 - 6:11 PM

Kurt Busch has developed a tendency toward being an all or nothing driver on NASCAR’s road courses. His last nine attempts on this track type ended in four top-fives, but also three results in the 30s.

Busch’s last two efforts ended in a ninth last August at the Glen and a 12th at Sonoma, but that is not enough up side to offset the risk.
Aug 8 - 11:12 AM

At times Kurt Busch had one of the best cars on the track at Pocono. He was on an alternate strategy to the other dominant driver Jeff Gordon and spent the second-most laps in the lead at 30. He hit the wall twice in the closing laps, brought out the final caution, and ultimately finished 13th in the 400.

That erratic behavior and tendency to step over the edge of control is precisely what makes Busch a risky fantasy pick most weeks. Fantasy players need to remember that most points are not paid until the checkered flag waves.
Aug 4 - 9:31 AM

Kurt Busch will race chassis No. 883 this week in the 400 at Pocono. This car debuted in the Pocono 400 earlier this year.

Busch and the car picked up where they left off. After qualifying second this June they finished third. In Friday’s qualification session, Busch posted the fourth-fastest lap and seems to be on target to record another top-five finish.
Aug 2 - 11:28 AM

After qualifying fourth on Friday, Kurt Busch served notice he will be a driver to beat on Sunday by posting the fastest single lap of practice in Saturday morning’s session.

Fantasy owners should be aware that Busch has dominated practice and qualification a number of times before making a mistake in the race, but if he stays out of trouble he should contend for at least a top-five finish.
Aug 2 - 9:57 AM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the 400. His top speed was 180.353 mph, which does not quite rise to Denny Hamlin’s qualification record of 181.415 mph.

Busch has been consistently fast at Pocono in the past, so this should not come as a surprise. He started second this June before finishing third. In this race last year, he was fifth on the grid en route to another third-place result. He is solidifying his position as one of this week’s favorites.
Aug 1 - 12:26 PM