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Team: Stewart Haas Racing-41
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Kurt Busch’s name did not get called very often during the Geico 500—and as it turned out that was a good thing. He stayed out of trouble and finished seventh.
Busch has been erratic and occasionally crash prone on plate tracks, so this was a fairly significant accomplishment. It was his first top-10 in the past five races of the season, but his second consecutive top-15. He may be turning his season back around. Oct 19 - 10:44 PM

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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.

He ran a fast lap of 191.157 mph. No. 22 Joey Logano, No. 11 Denny Hamlin, No. 4 Kevin Harvick and No. 27 Paul Menard round out the rest of the top five on the speed chart for this practice. Timmy Hill in the No. 33 was the slowest of the 43 cars out on the track.
Oct 10 - 11:54 PM

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.

Busch found himself in a similar situation to Kasey Kahne who was fastest in round one, but loosened his car up too much to even advance to the round of 12 and starts 20th. In NASCAR’s new format, a driver has to peak at the right time.
Oct 9 - 8:29 PM

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.

There was no apparent damage to his Chevrolet, but heavy rain overnight created a very soggy turf. Busch’s car dug in heavily and may have done some damage to the suspension.
Oct 4 - 2:15 PM

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.

Busch took a much bigger hit at New Hampshire two weeks ago when he cut a tire and slammed the wall. That was the fourth time in eight races that he sustained crash damage and he needs to stay out of any future incidents to be a good fantasy value.
Sep 29 - 4:04 PM

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.

The Las Vegas native began his Sprint Cup Series career in 2000, when he ran a limited, seven-race schedule for Roush-Fenway Racing in the No. 97 car. His first race came at the same concrete mile oval where the Sprint Cup Series will race this weekend. In that first race, Busch started 10th and finished 18th. Now, 499 races, 25 Sprint Cup Series victories and one Sprint Cup Series championship later, Busch is poised to make his 500th start at the same track where his Sprint Cup career began. To commemorate his accomplishment, Busch’s Haas Automation Chevy will have a special brushed-metal appearance this weekend at Dover and also will carry a 500th start logo on the nose of the car.-Stewart-Haas Racing
Sep 25 - 8:35 PM

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.

The reason a seventh-place finish was better than a top-five for Busch is this: it showed for the first time this season that he was willing to be that close to the front of the pack without potentially over-driving his car and slapping the wall. He still has not earned back-to-back top-10s since March, but he is getting closer. As predicted before the race, Busch finished within only a few laps of his qualification effort of ninth.
Sep 7 - 12:29 PM

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.

Busch improved five spots to finish ninth in spring 2013, started and finished second last fall, and slipped two spots to finish 23rd this spring. His ninth-place qualification should be indicative of a solid run, but is unlikely to give him the track position to challenge for the win.
Sep 5 - 9:20 PM

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.

Qualifying 22nd, he would seem to have his work cut out for him, but that is precisely where he started at Martinsville. He won that race and recorded his only consecutive top-10s of the season following a third at Auto Club.
Aug 30 - 11:52 AM

Kurt Busch will race chassis No. 760 at Atlanta. This car has been raced previously at Kansas in May and Indy in July.

Chassis No. 760 did not fare well in either race, finishing 29th at Kansas and 28th at Indy. As is often the case with this driver, he showed promise during the afternoon, but ultimately it is the finishing result that matters most to fantasy owners.
Aug 29 - 10:05 AM

Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Irwin Tools Night Race and kept a perfect streak of all-or-nothing finishes alive.

In 24 races Busch has finished in the top five six times with all but one of these being third or better. His other 18 attempts all ended outside the top 10.
Aug 24 - 3:56 PM

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.

There are a variety of reasons for Busch’s inconsistency, from simple bad luck to mistakes while driving, but this tendency makes him difficult to start most weeks.
Aug 21 - 1:40 PM

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.

The majority of points in fantasy games are earned at the end of the day and drivers who are consistently unable to stay out of trouble are risky. This was the seventh time in 23 races that Busch sustained crash damage.
Aug 18 - 10:54 AM

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.

Busch has struggled in race trim during the past four years, but the Stewart-Haas Racing organization has been uniformly fast all weekend. With their eponymous owner missing this race because of emotional concerns, they seem to have something to prove.
Aug 16 - 9:38 AM

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.

Busch qualified 16th and seems to be on target to finish in that same range. His up and down season may have him priced correctly in most salary cap games to create an acceptable value.
Aug 16 - 9:32 AM