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Kurt Busch

Team: Stewart Haas Racing-41
Age / DOB:  (38) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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With an average finish of 12.03, Kurt Busch had the sixth-best mark among all fulltime contenders in 2016.
Busch accumulated this average by finishing in the top 10 slightly more than half the time. He finished worse than 23rd only three times, which made him a good place-and-hold driver if a fantasy player was able to sign him when he was relatively inexpensive. Dec 8 - 12:56 PM

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Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Can-Am 500 to earn his fifth consecutive result of seventh or better.

Busch was predicted to run well, but he was in too deep a points’ hole to advance to the Championship finale. His handicap next week is a little less clear because he has alternated strong and weak runs on the current configuration of Homestead-Miami Speedway,
Nov 13 - 6:54 PM

Kurt Busch enters the Can-Am 500 with a four-race top-10 streak at Phoenix International Raceway.

As inconsistent as Busch has been this season, one cannot say the same about his Phoenix record. Busch has finished between fifth and seventh in his last four attempts and also had a fifth-place finish in fall 2013. If not for an engine failure the next spring, he might have a six-race streak in that range. Busch has been overshadowed by teammate Kevin Harvick in recent years, but could be a great differentiator.
Nov 8 - 10:20 AM

Kurt Busch finished one lap off the pace in 20th in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

That is the second consecutive race in which Busch finished in the 20s. It puts him at a 34-point deficit entering a race where nearly every competitor is stronger than him. He cannot make up enough ground to advance to the Chase finale without gambling and that will make him a difficult fantasy choice.
Nov 7 - 12:10 AM

Kurt Busch qualified 10th for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and he posted the 10th-fastest single lap in Happy Hour.

Most experts feel Busch is lacking speed despite these fairly promising numbers. Look for him to finish in the low- to mid-teens on Sunday and plan accordingly.
Nov 5 - 3:09 PM

Kurt Busch enters the AAA Texas 500 weekend with a 19-race streak of top-15s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

The vast majority of these results are top-10s (.789), but he has only five top-fives (.263). Moreover, two of his last three attempts ended outside the top 10, which suggests his momentum is starting to shift.
Nov 3 - 11:45 AM

Kurt Busch posted the slowest time among Chase contenders in qualification for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 with a speed of 96.968 mph that puts him 23rd on the grid.

Busch was among the slowest in round one of qualification as well. This spring, he also qualified 23rd but was able to climb to 13th at the end of the race. Watch him in Saturday practice and there is a chance he could be activated.
Oct 28 - 5:27 PM

Kurt Busch has earned nine previous short track victories during his career.

His most recent win in a NASCAR Cup race on a track less than a mile in length came last April. His most recent Martinsville victory of two came in spring 2014. His hallmark this season has been consistency instead of raw speed, but this is a course where anything can happen when a driver gets track position late.
Oct 25 - 10:50 AM

Kurt Busch finished fourth in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway after starting the race seventh.

Busch is one of eight drivers who advance to the next round of the Chase. He entered the Hellmann's 500 needing only to finish 16th and outperformed that mark by a wide margin. This is his eighth top-15 finish in his last nine restrictor-plate, superspeedway races. Notably, Busch and teammate Kevin Harvick had conflict during the cool down lap. Busch took exception to some on track incident and doored Harvick as the two rolled around to the pits.
Oct 23 - 6:23 PM

Like Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch battled with a vibration at Talladega SuperSpeedway in practice for the Hellmann's 500.

Busch’s team changed components in the drive train and eliminated the problem. He should be good to go for qualification and the race. Busch posted only the 29th-fastest single lap, but that is enough speed to keep him in the lead draft.
Oct 21 - 5:09 PM

Kurt Busch has finished 12th or better in his last four Talladega SuperSpeedway races.

And yet, Busch has not earned a top-five on this track since 2007. The No. 41 only needs a solid finish to advance to the next round of the playoffs and not "hit anything hard," as he said post-race at Kansas Speedway. Immediately preceding this streak, Busch had a DNF for crash damage in May 2014.
Oct 21 - 11:28 AM

Kurt Busch qualified 15th, crashed his primary car, and was forced to start from the back; he overcame the deficit as well as a poor pit selection and finished 13th.

Once again, Busch had a modest day that was helped along by problems for his competitors. He has a 17-point advantage over the transfer spot, but with Talladega SuperSpeedway on the horizon greater than 20-points swings are the norm. Busch will probably advance safely to the next round.
Oct 16 - 9:22 PM

Kurt Busch will be forced to roll out a backup after spinning into the infield grass in Saturday’s final practice.

Busch qualified 15th, so the loss of initial track position is not the biggest factor in the decision to park him this week. Busch also had a penalty that forced him to lose his pit selection and he is going to have difficulty making up spots on pit road. Busch got relatively lucky in regard to pit selection, however, as he is wedged between Ricky Stenhouse Jr and David Ragan—two drivers who may just fall off the lead lap, but this could prove detrimental if he also loses a lap.
Oct 16 - 11:56 AM

With less than five seconds remaining in final practice for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas, Kurt Busch spun into the frontstretch grass.

Busch did significant damage to the nose of his car and will almost certainly need to roll out a backup. If that happens, Busch will be forced to give up his 15th-place on the grid and drop to the back on Sunday. Busch was already forced to give up pit selection because of too many warnings from NASCAR for inspection issues. Leave him in the garage this week.
Oct 15 - 2:27 PM

Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch posted the fastest and second-fastest lap in the first practice session for the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Kyle posted a lap of 194.595 mph; Kurt went 194.119 and both are among the playoff contenders. The front of the pack will be loaded with Chasers as 10 of the top 12 are drivers currently in contention. Kyle won this May’s 400 while Kurt finished third.
Oct 14 - 2:36 PM