Kurt Busch was an innocent victim in an accident triggered by Matt Kenseth driving across the nose of Brad Keselowski at Martinsville Speedway and that kept him out of the Championship Four. It also overshadows the five top-10s that he has earned in his last six races this season.
Kurt Busch lost the battle, but he may yet have won the war. He finished seventh in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and failed to advance to the final round of the Chase after sustaining crash damage three weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, but his poise with the media was better than ever in his career.
Kurt Busch swept Saturday’s practice for the Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. His top speed in final practice was 140.029 mph.
Kurt Busch posted the quickest 10-lap average in the second practice session for the Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. His best 10-lap average was 138.834 mph from laps 34 through 43.
Kurt Busch posted the fastest speed in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k with a speed of 139.627 mph. This backs up and confirms the outside pole he won on Friday.
Kurt Busch set a new Phoenix International Raceway track record in the second round of qualification for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500. His top speed of 142.982 mph beat the old record of 142.141, set by Joey Logano in this race last year.
Kurt Busch posted the third-fastest time overall and was the best among Chase contenders in Friday’s practice for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. His top speed of 141.571 mph was 0.046 seconds slower than the leader Jimmie Johnson.
Kurt Busch did all he could to stay in contention at Texas Motor Speedway, but a seventh-place finish in the AAA 500 was not enough to elevate him above the cutoff mark to make the next round of the Chase. He currently sits 28 markers behind Martin Truex Jr. and 38 behind his teammate Kevin Harvick.
Kurt Busch is peaking at the right time in the Chase. He finished 10th in the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and completed a sweep of the top 10 during the Contender round.
Entering the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway Kurt Busch has scored four results of 12th or better in his last four plate races. Two of these were top-fives at Daytona, but his two ‘Dega duels ended in a seventh last fall and a 12th this spring.
Monster Energy is moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while Kurt Busch is staying at Stewart-Haas Racing.
Last week Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway; this week he was sixth in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and those two solid results have left him third in the points’ standings.
Kurt Busch rounded out a sweep of the top five for Chase contenders. He had an uneventful race and crossed under the checkers fifth in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session of the weekend on Friday afternoon. His top speed was 188.772 mph.