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Team: Stewart Haas Racing-41
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Kurt Busch has the fourth-best average finish on plate tracks with a 16.81, but that only tells half the story. He has amassed this amazing average starting 59 races, which makes him a more than solid plate racer.
For all that success, however, he has yet to win one of the restrictor-plate, superspeedway events. He has finished second three times and all of these solid runs came in the Great American Race; he was second in the 2003, 2005, and 2008 Daytona 500s. Feb 11 - 6:31 PM

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Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 965 at Daytona in Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited. Built new for 2016, it will see its first laps of competition in the non-points exhibition race.

In 12 Sprint Unlimited starts, Busch has one win, two top-five finishes and four top-10s. He has started from the pole twice in his 12 starts – his first Unlimited race in 2002 and again in 2008. He has led five races for a total of 24 laps.-TSC
Feb 9 - 11:58 PM

Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch will need to acquire charters from Michael Waltrip Racing to have one of NASCAR’s guaranteed 36 positions, according to NBC’s Dustin Long.

NASCAR has offered charters to teams that have run all of the full seasons since 2013 and both the No. 19 and 41 teams have not. Unless something strange occurs, however, look for them to be locked into the field soon.
Feb 9 - 2:54 PM

Denny Hamlin’s team was credited with having the best pit crew, based on a vote among fellow crew members at PitTalks.com. Kurt Busch received those honors when crew chiefs were polled, however. In either case, it is difficult to argue that the No. 11 and 41 teams consistently produced when it was crunch time.

Races are won and lost in the pits. Hamlin and Busch would most like not have qualified for the Chase if not for the solid work of their crew.
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 11:33:00 AM

Kurt Busch had a strong run in the middle of the 2015 season when he scored seven consecutive top-10s from Pocono Raceway’s June race through the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and that helped qualify him for the Chase. When the Cup was on the line, he nearly replicated that feat and finished in the top 10 in six of the last seven races.

Unfortunately it takes only one bad race to drop a driver from contention in the elimination-style playoffs. Busch’s Chevrolet sustained damage near the end of the Goody’s 500 at Martinsville Speedway and that 34th-place finish was not buoyed sufficiently by a pair of sevenths at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.
Tue, Dec 8, 2015 01:07:00 PM

Kurt Busch (#41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS) finished eighth in the November 22nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Stewart Haas Racing driver started 15th in the lineup and completed all laps of the 267-lap event. Busch, who competed in 33 of the season's 36 races, scored two wins (Richmond on April 26th and Michigan on June 14th), three poles, 10 top-fives, 21 top-10s and closed out the season eighth in the final 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver championship standings.
Sat, Nov 28, 2015 08:25:00 PM

Kurt Busch finished eighth in the Ford EcoBoost 400, which was his sixth top-10 finish in the last seven races of the season.

Unfortunately, his only dissenting result in that span of time was a 34th at Martinsville Speedway when he was the innocent bystander in a Brad Keselowski/Matt Kenseth accident. That kept him out of Chase contention, but allowed him to fly under the fantasy NASCAR radar screen and made him a better value overall.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 09:42:00 PM

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.

Fantasy owners cannot fill their roster with Chase contenders this week, so they are going to have to look much deeper in the field for good values. Busch probably feels like he has something to prove at Homestead-Miami Speedway and that should be worth a few positions in the final order.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 09:03:00 PM

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.

This indicates a level of maturity for a driver who has a tendency to fiery outbursts and it could finally be the turning point his backers have looked for. His aggression on the track earned solid runs at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix. Potential sponsors are likely taking note. Busch should carry this momentum forward.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 09:42:00 AM

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.

There is no logical reason to leave Busch on the sidelines, but he has experienced enough bad luck this season to make him a difficult choice on Sunday. Start him at your own risk.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 03:24:00 PM

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.

Busch was also fastest in single lap speed, which gives him a great balance of speed and durability.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 02:50:00 PM

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.

Busch is one of three drivers who is in a must win situation in order to advance to the championship round and he is getting off to a solid start. All too often he slips up in race trim at the end of an afternoon, however. He will be a good fantasy value, but not necessarily a winning driver on Sunday.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 12:33:00 PM

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.

Notably, Logano failed to advance to the final round of qualification this time around. With one qualification round remaining, the pole is still up for grabs, but Busch has set himself up as a favorite for Sunday’s race.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 07:30:00 PM

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.

Busch is essentially in a must-win situation this week and a good qualification effort is important at Phoenix. Continue to monitor him on Saturday, but be prepared to start the No. 41 if he is strong then.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 03:54:00 PM

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.

Busch has earned three top-10s in his last four Phoenix International Raceway races, but he has not won since 2005. His teammate Harvick has won five of the last six races on that track, so maybe he can borrow some setup notes.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 09:49:00 PM