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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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Kurt Busch enters the 400 with a current streak of 10 consecutive top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. This streak was started at Kansas Speedway last spring and Busch has an average finish of 7.1 in that span of races.
Expand the parameters a little and Busch has only one result worse than 14th in his last 17 attempts on this course type. That represents nearly his entire career with Stewart-Haas Racing. May 2 - 7:49 PM

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Kurt Busch has finished 12th or better in his last four Talladega SuperSpeedway races. This week he was eighth after starting the Geico 500 18th.

While Busch has been a good value, he has rarely been a great one. It has now been 19 races (or a decade) since he last finished among the top five on this track. Busch is still seeking his first restrictor-plate, superspeedway win.
May 1 - 6:40 PM

Kurt Busch was unhappy with Brad Keselowski after the Food City 500 at Bristol, saying he should shut his "[expletive] lip" after the driver of the No. 2 reported the No. 41’s rear housing was moving around during the short track race.

Keselowski and teammate Joey Logano might be a little sensitive to this issue after getting dinged for the same infraction earlier in the season. Nobody likes a tattle-tail, but NASCAR is a self-policing sport with drivers constantly watching their competitors.
Apr 21 - 2:43 PM

Kurt Busch has either finished in the top five or outside the top 10 in four of his last 10 Bristol Motor Speedway races. This week, he was third in the Food City 500 after starting deep in the field in 26th.

That was Busch’s worst Bristol start since he was 27th in spring 2012 driving for James Finch; he finished 18th two laps off the pace that weekend. This week, he earned a lot of place-differential points for his owners and helped win several leagues.
Apr 17 - 5:17 PM

Kurt Busch finished ninth in the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, which was his 10th consecutive top-10 on this track type dating back to last May’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway.

Only three of these were top-fives, but fantasy owners will often give up raw strength in favor of top-10s when the price is right.
Apr 10 - 1:56 AM

With a 13th-place finish in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Kurt Busch maintained his position inside the top 16 in points. He currently sits eighth in the standings.

It is too early to make broad predictions, but most of the top 10 will stay there until the regular season finale. No one is completely safe without a win, but Busch has consistency on his side and this is his ninth consecutive race in which he finished on the lead lap. This current streak began with a seventh last fall at Texas Motor Speedway.
Apr 7 - 1:02 PM

Kurt Busch has the eighth-best average finish in the 2016 Cup season with a mark of 11.8.

Busch has achieved that in part by being the best closer in the final laps of a race. In the first five events of 2016 he has improved 20 positions as the checkers loomed.
Mar 23 - 3:51 PM

Kurt Busch was another driver who failed to advance to the second round of qualification at Auto Club Speedway for the Auto Club 400. His lap of 186.095 mph was only 26th best.

Busch has won two poles in the past three races and started fourth last week at Phoenix International Raceway—the best driver not affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing. Watch Busch in Saturday’s practice before committing.
Mar 18 - 8:10 PM

Kurt Busch drove to a sixth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in the Good Sam 500 after starting the day in fourth.

Busch dominated Saturday practices before the race and that made him a favorite in this week’s Weekend Update. He lived up to expectations along with teammate Harvick, which is one reason fantasy owners need to watch these sessions.
Mar 13 - 8:59 PM

Kurt Busch not only had the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Good Sam 500k at Phoenix International Raceway, he posted the quickest 10-lap average of 135.699 mph.

Busch qualified fourth and does not have far to go to get to the front. Any player who wants a strong alternative may want to pay attention to the No. 41.
Mar 12 - 7:34 PM

In Saturday morning’s practice session, Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap over teammate Kevin Harvick. In final practice, Harvick topped the leaderboard with a speed of 136.317 mph. Busch was second-fast with a 136.173.

Last spring the two Stewart-Haas Racing drivers were the class of the field at Phoenix. Harvick will have to come from mid-pack to find the lead, but Busch starts fourth and could lead early. Both are great fantasy values.
Mar 12 - 1:59 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap of practice in Saturday morning’s session. His top speed was 137.436 mph.

Busch was also reportedly the quickest in five- and 10-lap averages. In a week when it seems as though his teammate Kevin Harvick is struggling a bit, this could his great opportunity to win. Busch also had the fastest single lap in Friday's session.
Mar 12 - 11:32 AM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session of the weekend with a speed of 138.846 mph.

His fastest lap came near the end of the session when the track had the most heat. His last lap of the session was recorded at 137.767 mph. Last year Busch was the only driver who could run with his teammate Kevin Harvick.
Mar 11 - 2:00 PM

Kurt Busch dominated the Kobalt 400 early and led the first 31 laps after winning the pole at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, a speeding penalty during the first caution period cost him track position from which he never fully recovered.

Busch bounced back to finish ninth and that minimized the damage to his fantasy owners. It was a far cry from the top-five that he was capable of earning, however, and could go down as one of the early season’s greatest lost opportunities.
Mar 6 - 9:12 PM

Kurt Busch wins the Coors Light Pole Award for the Kobalt 400 with a lap of 27.505 seconds, 196.328 mph.

This is his 21st pole in 543 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. It is the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS driver's second pole and third top-10 start in 2016 and his second pole in 15 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). Joey Logano (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2016 and his sixth in eight races at LVMS. Matt Kenseth (third) posted his sixth top-10 start at LVMS. Chase Elliott (13th) was the fastest qualifying rookie. Busch set the track record in the first round of qualifying with a lap of 27.498 seconds, 196.378 mph.-NASCAR Statistics
Mar 4 - 11:08 PM