Kurt Busch (No. 41 State Water Heaters Chevrolet SS) leads the second practice for the Sprint Cup Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kurt Busch set a new track record at Charlotte, but his top speed of 198.771 mph was posted in the second round of qualification. In the pole round, he was able to run only 194.328 mph and lines up 11th for the Bank of America 500.
After only four laps of practice for the Hollywood Casino 400, Kurt Busch spun off turn four of Kansas Speedway and landed in the frontstretch grass.
Kurt Busch spent much of the AAA 400 hovering just inside and outside of the Chase cutoff like he was playing a version of musical chairs. When the melody stopped, he was one lap off the pace in 18th and six points behind 12th. He failed to advance to the Contender round of the playoffs.
This weekend, Kurt Busch, the driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will become a member of another elite club of drivers as he makes his 500th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
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.
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.
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.
Kurt Busch will race chassis No. 760 at Atlanta. This car has been raced previously at Kansas in May and Indy in July.
Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Irwin Tools Night Race and kept a perfect streak of all-or-nothing finishes alive.
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.
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.
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.
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.