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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 led 65 laps including the white flag one, but was passed by first Brad Keselowski and then Kevin Harvick on the final circuit. Busch finished third, which was his second straight top-five since returning from suspension.
Two tires ultimately proved to be his undoing as he was passed by Keselowski for the lead. The No. 2 had four fresh tires. Teammate Harvick got around him for second within yards of the finish line after Busch slapped the frontstretch wall. Mar 22 - 7:15 PM

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Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap of final practice with a speed of 184.971 mph.

Busch has dominated every session this weekend and there is only one thing left to accomplish. It is difficult to call anyone else a favorite, but there is still a race to be run on Sunday.
Mar 21 - 3:32 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Auto Club 400 with a lap of 187.115 mph. He also reportedly had the best five- and 10-lap averages, posted the fastest time in Friday’s practice, and won the pole for this event.

Busch’s speed was more than two and half mile per hour faster than second-place Jimmie Johnson, which is a massive amount by NASCAR standards. Busch is making a strong statement about being the favorite this week.
Mar 21 - 12:33 PM

Kurt Busch posted a lap of 185.142 mph. His teammate Kevin Harvick posted the second fastest lap and will roll off the grid on the outside of the front row with a speed of 185.047 mph.

Both Stewart-Haas Racing drivers battled at the front of the pack last week at Phoenix and they are picking up where they left off. Odds are good that they will both contend for top-fives on Sunday and they should be started this week.
Mar 20 - 8:46 PM

Kurt Busch picked up where he left off at Phoenix and posted the fastest speed in Friday’s practice session. His top lap was recorded at 186.741 mph, which was 0.282 seconds faster than second-place Denny Hamlin.

Busch enters the weekend with three consecutive top-10s and back-to-back top-fives. He is one of the most popular drivers in fantasy NASCAR this week and deserves that status.
Mar 20 - 4:20 PM

Kurt Busch finished fifth at Phoenix in his first Cup race back from suspension.

Busch challenged for second-place behind teammate Kevin Harvick late in the 500 until he pitted for tires with 12 laps remaining and restarted 10th. He was the driver who advanced the most with the new rubber on his car.
Mar 15 - 7:59 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session. His top speed of 136.768 mph was 0.075 seconds faster than Brad Keselowski.

Busch does not seem to have suffered by his three-race absence and he could be fantasy relevant for players who are willing to take a slight risk.
Mar 14 - 12:29 PM

NASCAR has reinstated Kurt Busch and declared that he is eligible for the Chase in spite of not competing in every race. Stewart-Haas Racing has announced Busch will be in the car at Phoenix this week.

Busch will need to meet the other requirements for the Chase, however, which is to either finish in the top 30 in points with a victory or climb high enough to be one of the drivers who earns his way in by that method. He sits 42 points behind Jeff Gordon, who currently occupies 30th in the standings. Busch will become an immediate good fantasy value as he races with the goal of proving he belongs in the series after missing the first three weeks.
Mar 11 - 1:18 PM

Car owner Gene Haas says he does not know if or when NASCAR will reinstate Kurt Busch, but once Busch is reinstated, Haas wants to know if the driver will be eligible for the championship.

Busch, who has missed the first three races of the season, would need a waiver from NASCAR to be eligible for the Chase upon his return. Last year, NASCAR granted a waiver to Denny Hamlin when he missed a race at Auto Club Speedway with metal in his eye. Hamlin was among the four drivers racing for the championship last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR also granted Tony Stewart a waiver when he missed three races last season after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint car race Aug. 9 in New York. Stewart did not win a race to use that waiver for the Chase.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 9 - 10:02 AM

According to NBC’s Dustin Long, Kurt Busch’s final appeal was heard Saturday night and his indefinite suspension has been upheld. Long writes, "Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, refused to overturn NASCAR’s suspension of Busch on Saturday night. Moss’ decision is final and cannot be appealed within NASCAR’s jurisdiction."

There is no predetermined road to reinstatement, but NASCAR announced they will make it perfectly clear to Busch what he has to do to get back in any of NASCAR’s series. Regan Smith will replace Busch on Sunday and no determinations have been announced about the status of the team beyond this weekend.
Feb 21 - 10:48 PM

A Press conference is expected a 6:40 pm ET at Daytona International Speedway, but NASCAR has released a notice concerning Kurt Busch.

According to the statement, "given the serious nature of the finding and conclusions made by the Commissioner of the Family Court of the State of Delaware, NASCAR has indefinitely suspended driver Kurt Busch effective immediately. He Will not be allowed to race or participate in any NASCAR activities until further notice."
Feb 20 - 6:20 PM

Minutes after a report broke saying that a Delaware Family Court states there was evidence that Kurt Busch "committed an act of domestic violence," NASCAR has reportedly suspended the driver indefinitely.

This story is developing and NASCAR is expected to make an official statement momentarily. Regan Smith is expected to replace him in the Daytona 500.
Feb 20 - 5:40 PM

Kurt Busch has been crash prone in his recent Sprint Unlimited starts. He has failed to finish four of the last five races.

That is offset a little by his victory in 2011 and the fact that he posted the fastest speed in Friday’s practice.
Feb 14 - 11:07 AM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest lap in the first practice session for the Sprint Unlimited. In traffic, he recorded a lap of 200.749 mph and was the only driver to top the 200-mile mark.

Busch led Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kevin Harvick who were in the 199-mile range. Drivers were looking for comfort as well as speed and raw times is not necessarily predictive of who will run strong.
Feb 13 - 6:01 PM

If Kurt Busch decides to do "The Double" again in 2015, he has the blessing of teammate and Stewart-Haas Racing team co-owner Tony Stewart.

Busch, who became the first driver to attempt The Double in a decade this past May, is reportedly mulling over an encore performance for next Memorial Day weekend where he’d again race in the Indianapolis 500 in the early afternoon, hop a plane to Charlotte and then race in that evening’s Coca-Cola 600 for an encore.
Source: NBC Sports
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:47:00 AM