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Kurt Busch

Team: Stewart Haas Racing-41
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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At Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch finished outside the top 15 for the third time in the past four races. He was 16th in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard after starting 11th.
One would like to say that Busch ran better than he finished, but he garnered only the 13th-best driver rating from NASCAR Statistical Services. That suggests he finished fairly closely to how he performed and raises questions about his ability to rebound in the next few weeks. Jul 25 - 11:16 AM

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Kurt Busch enters the New Hampshire 301 with a five-race streak of top-15 finishes on flat tracks. His worst result in that span was a 13th at Martinsville Speedway this spring, but he offset that with a victory in the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway last month.

Busch has been almost perfect in regard to top-15s this year. He finished 30th at Auto Club Speedway and was spun out of a top-five position at Daytona International Speedway two weeks ago before finishing 23rd. There is no reason to expect him to finish anywhere other than the top 15 in Loudon.
Jul 15 - 12:58 PM

Kurt Busch was forced to go to the back of the grid to start the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway, but his place-differential was based on his official starting position of third. Everyone knew it would take a little strategy and a lot of speed to finish in the top 10. Busch surpassed expectations with a fourth-place finish.

In NASCAR it pays to be lucky and good. Busch was both this weekend and now his 23rd-place result on the restrictor-plate, Daytona International Speedway seems like only a momentary blip. He will be highly favored next week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as well.
Jul 9 - 11:26 PM

Kurt Busch spun and made contact with the Kentucky Speedway wall late in practice for the Quaker State 400. The damage was significant enough to cause the team to go to a backup.

Busch sustained significant damage, but it remains to be seen if he will need to roll out a backup car. This is a blow to his goal of restarting his top-10 streak. Busch will have to start at the back of the pack for the race, but his official position for place differential will be based on his third-place gridding from the points' standings.
Jul 8 - 7:27 PM

Kurt Busch went from challenging for a top-five to finishing 23rd—the last car on the lead lap—when he was spun by Joey Logano in turn four at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400.

That snapped a league-leading 10-race, top-10 streak for the elder Busch. He will not be happy with Logano at Kentucky Speedway next week, which could provide a distraction for both racers.
Jul 3 - 12:44 AM

Kurt Busch scored his 10th consecutive top-10 of 2016 at Sonoma Raceway in the Toyota / Save Mart 350, but just barely so. He finished the race 10th after starting fourth. That was the second straight race in which he finished 10th after also fairing that well at Michigan International Speedway.

Busch was widely regarded as one of the favorites to win at Sonoma, however, so a result of 10th was a little bit of a disappointment for fantasy owners. If he survives the wild card race at Daytona International Speedway, he should control his fate for a while on unrestricted, intermediate speedways.
Jun 26 - 8:22 PM

Kurt Busch finished 10th in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway to narrowly keep his current streak of nine top-10s alive.

Busch was also 10th at Richmond International Raceway and ninth at Texas Motor Speedway. He is not earning maximum points most weeks, but consistency counts for a lot in fantasy NASCAR.
Jun 12 - 8:12 PM

After being told he was two laps short on fuel, Kurt Busch coasted through the corners and held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. in route to Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway in the Axalta 400. This is the first win of the season for the No. 41.

Busch has been very consistent, but still flew under the radar screen without a victory. He moved himself up from qualifying for the Chase with points to being one of nine drivers with a winner’s sticker on his door post.
Jun 6 - 3:31 PM

Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch posted the fastest two laps in final practice for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway. Kyle’s speed was 176.901 mph; Kurt clocked in at 176.800.

Both drivers start close enough to the front of the pack to contend for top-five finishes, but they are deep enough that earning positive place-differential points is also a possibility. Kyle will start 12th; Kurt starts ninth and both are solid fantasy picks.
Jun 4 - 12:32 PM

Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger will lose their respective crew chiefs for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway after Tony Gibson (from the No. 41) and Randall Burnett (No. 47) were found guilty of not tightening all of the lugnuts on their wheels in the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Gibson and Burnett each were fined $20,000 and placed on probation through December 31st, according to NBC’s Nate Ryan. This will be a bigger blow to Allmendinger than Busch because that team does not have multi-car resources on which to fall back.
Jun 2 - 1:13 AM

NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29th.

Kurt Busch (#41 Chevrolet) received a P3 penalty for violations of Sections 12-1; 10.11.3.4 a. Crew chief (Tony Gibson) has been fined $20,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through June 8, and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.
Jun 1 - 9:30 PM

Kurt Busch finished sixth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to extend his top-10 streak on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks to 12 consecutive races.

This streak dates back to last year’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway, and in that span of races on this track type he has averaged a result of 6.7. Winning one’s fantasy league is not only about having the winning driver on the roster, but often about who accompanies him.
May 30 - 12:11 AM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session of the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His top speed of 191.002 was the only one to break the 191 mark.

Busch was also fast in the first practice session, but failed to back that up with a pole. In fact, the failed to make the final round of qualification and rolls off the grid 13th.
May 28 - 11:11 AM

Kurt Busch will roll off the grid 13th in the Coke 600 after failing to advance to the final 12 in the second round of qualification. His lap of 190.114 mph was nearly 0.012 seconds slower than Chase Elliott.

Busch has a current streak of six top-10s, so it seems likely that he will add a few place-differential points to his finishing total.
May 26 - 7:59 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the first practice for the Coke 600 with a speed of 192.843 mph. That makes him one of the favorites to win this week’s pole. Qualification will be held Thursday night.

Even though the race is 600 miles, track position early makes a difference. More importantly, the pole winner gets the coveted first pit stall, which often makes a difference on the final stop of the evening.
May 26 - 3:31 PM