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Kurt Busch

Team: Stewart-Haas Racing-41
Age / DOB:  (38) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Kyle Busch has recorded a top-10 in 58 percent of his starts to account for 56 such results in 97 races. He missed part of the 2015 season to injury.
Busch’s greatest success came on the short, flat track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Those two track types dominate both the regular season and Chase schedule, which helped win the 2015 Championship. Of his 10 victories in this span of time, he scored one each on these tracks. He has also won the last two editions of the Brickyard 400. Jan 11 - 12:03 PM

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Kurt Busch has scored 53 top-10s in the past three years, which puts him eighth on the leaderboard behind his brother Kyle Busch (with 56).

Busch earned five of his top-10s in the last six races at Phoenix International Raceway with a pair of fifth-place finishes as his high water mark on that course. He has the least number of wins among the 10 best, however, with a single victory at Martinsville Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, and Richmond International Raceway accounting for four trophies.
Jan 9 - 12:06 PM

With an average finish of 12.03, Kurt Busch had the sixth-best mark among all fulltime contenders in 2016.

Busch accumulated this average by finishing in the top 10 slightly more than half the time. He finished worse than 23rd only three times, which made him a good place-and-hold driver if a fantasy player was able to sign him when he was relatively inexpensive.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 12:56:00 PM

Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Can-Am 500 to earn his fifth consecutive result of seventh or better.

Busch was predicted to run well, but he was in too deep a points’ hole to advance to the Championship finale. His handicap next week is a little less clear because he has alternated strong and weak runs on the current configuration of Homestead-Miami Speedway,
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 06:54:00 PM

Kurt Busch enters the Can-Am 500 with a four-race top-10 streak at Phoenix International Raceway.

As inconsistent as Busch has been this season, one cannot say the same about his Phoenix record. Busch has finished between fifth and seventh in his last four attempts and also had a fifth-place finish in fall 2013. If not for an engine failure the next spring, he might have a six-race streak in that range. Busch has been overshadowed by teammate Kevin Harvick in recent years, but could be a great differentiator.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 10:20:00 AM

Kurt Busch finished one lap off the pace in 20th in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

That is the second consecutive race in which Busch finished in the 20s. It puts him at a 34-point deficit entering a race where nearly every competitor is stronger than him. He cannot make up enough ground to advance to the Chase finale without gambling and that will make him a difficult fantasy choice.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 12:10:00 AM

Kurt Busch qualified 10th for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and he posted the 10th-fastest single lap in Happy Hour.

Most experts feel Busch is lacking speed despite these fairly promising numbers. Look for him to finish in the low- to mid-teens on Sunday and plan accordingly.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 03:09:00 PM

Kurt Busch enters the AAA Texas 500 weekend with a 19-race streak of top-15s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

The vast majority of these results are top-10s (.789), but he has only five top-fives (.263). Moreover, two of his last three attempts ended outside the top 10, which suggests his momentum is starting to shift.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 11:45:00 AM

Kurt Busch posted the slowest time among Chase contenders in qualification for the Goody's Fast Relief 500 with a speed of 96.968 mph that puts him 23rd on the grid.

Busch was among the slowest in round one of qualification as well. This spring, he also qualified 23rd but was able to climb to 13th at the end of the race. Watch him in Saturday practice and there is a chance he could be activated.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Kurt Busch has earned nine previous short track victories during his career.

His most recent win in a NASCAR Cup race on a track less than a mile in length came last April. His most recent Martinsville victory of two came in spring 2014. His hallmark this season has been consistency instead of raw speed, but this is a course where anything can happen when a driver gets track position late.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 10:50:00 AM

Kurt Busch finished fourth in the Hellmann's 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway after starting the race seventh.

Busch is one of eight drivers who advance to the next round of the Chase. He entered the Hellmann's 500 needing only to finish 16th and outperformed that mark by a wide margin. This is his eighth top-15 finish in his last nine restrictor-plate, superspeedway races. Notably, Busch and teammate Kevin Harvick had conflict during the cool down lap. Busch took exception to some on track incident and doored Harvick as the two rolled around to the pits.
Sun, Oct 23, 2016 06:23:00 PM

Like Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch battled with a vibration at Talladega SuperSpeedway in practice for the Hellmann's 500.

Busch’s team changed components in the drive train and eliminated the problem. He should be good to go for qualification and the race. Busch posted only the 29th-fastest single lap, but that is enough speed to keep him in the lead draft.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Kurt Busch has finished 12th or better in his last four Talladega SuperSpeedway races.

And yet, Busch has not earned a top-five on this track since 2007. The No. 41 only needs a solid finish to advance to the next round of the playoffs and not "hit anything hard," as he said post-race at Kansas Speedway. Immediately preceding this streak, Busch had a DNF for crash damage in May 2014.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 11:28:00 AM

Kurt Busch qualified 15th, crashed his primary car, and was forced to start from the back; he overcame the deficit as well as a poor pit selection and finished 13th.

Once again, Busch had a modest day that was helped along by problems for his competitors. He has a 17-point advantage over the transfer spot, but with Talladega SuperSpeedway on the horizon greater than 20-points swings are the norm. Busch will probably advance safely to the next round.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 09:22:00 PM

Kurt Busch will be forced to roll out a backup after spinning into the infield grass in Saturday’s final practice.

Busch qualified 15th, so the loss of initial track position is not the biggest factor in the decision to park him this week. Busch also had a penalty that forced him to lose his pit selection and he is going to have difficulty making up spots on pit road. Busch got relatively lucky in regard to pit selection, however, as he is wedged between Ricky Stenhouse Jr and David Ragan—two drivers who may just fall off the lead lap, but this could prove detrimental if he also loses a lap.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 11:56:00 AM