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Kurt Busch

Team: Stewart-Haas Racing-41
Age / DOB:  (39) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has announced its 2018 driver and crew chief pairings for its four teams competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Headlining the announcement is Kurt Busch’s return to the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion. The 2018 season will mark Busch’s 19th year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his fifth with SHR. Taking over as crew chief for Busch and the No. 41 team is Billy Scott, who joined SHR in 2016 as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team.-SHR Fri, Dec 15, 2017 05:07:00 PM

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Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch will return to the Stewart-Haas Racing stable in 2018, filling one of the final few remaining pieces of NASCAR’s "Silly Season."

Busch, 39, the 2004 premier series champion and a 29-time winner in the series, has driven for SHR since 2014 and this year carried Monster Energy as a primary sponsor on the team’s No. 41 Ford. Reports of Busch’s uncertain future first broke Aug. 1 with various outlets citing unnamed sources that the team did not pick up Busch’s 2018 contract option. SHR and the veteran driver, though, both insisted over the past four months that fans should expect the driver-team pairing to continue in 2018. Busch’s return finalizes Stewart-Haas Racing’s four-car lineup in 2018. Clint Bowyer (No. 14) and Kevin Harvick (No. 4) both return, and Aric Almirola will drive the No. 10 Ford in 2018.-NASCAR.com
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 09:25:00 PM

Kurt Busch posted only the 22nd-quickest time in Saturday morning’s practice for the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a 160.855 elapsed speed.

Only 24 drivers made 10-lap runs, so he was slower than everyone except Ryan Newman and Chris Buescher. Fantasy players will want to look for their differentiator someplace else.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 01:24:00 PM

Kurt Busch started on the pole and fell to ninth at the checkers in the AAA Texas 500.

Busch fell off the lead lap for a while and might have finished well down the order. He lost place-differential points, but not enough to make him a bad value, but he has been inconsistent enough to make him hard to predict at Phoenix International Raceway or Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 07:46:00 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest time in practice for the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a speed of 191.768 mph.

His top speed in this session backs up his pole winning run from Friday and suggests that he is going to be strong on short runs. That should contribute to some bonus points for laps led.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 04:09:00 PM

With a speed of 200.915 mph, Kurt Busch posted the fastest lap ever on a 1.5-mile track and will lead the field to green Sunday.

Busch is racing for pride this week. He has been up and down this season on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, but he grabbed a runner-up at Kansas Speedway in the last outing. He is not an automatic pick and must be evaluated after Saturday’s practice.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 07:18:00 PM

Kurt Busch finished second in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway after starting 15th.

That was Busch’s first top-five of the playoffs and he has an average finish of about 25th. He ended the regular season with three consecutive strong runs and might be on the rebound.
Sun, Oct 22, 2017 07:21:00 PM

Kurt Busch finished fourth in the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, which is his fifth straight top-15 finish.

Busch has momentum on his side and that is important as he enters the playoffs. He can be erratic at times, but for the moment fantasy owners should start him with moderate confidence.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 11:13:00 PM

Kurt Busch finished third in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, which matches his best finish on this track since he almost won in 2003.

The 2003 event was important because that was the race he and Ricky Craven crashed as they took the checkers. A third in 2010 is the only other time that he earned a top-five on this track.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Kurt Busch has had a seesaw record at Bristol for the past six years and he ended the 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on the high side of the seesaw.

In that span of races, Busch has finished outside the top 10 twice and inside that mark once in three-race arrays. That pattern repeated itself this week and Busch wound up fifth.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 10:59:00 PM

Kurt Busch posted a lap of 126.287 mph and failed to advance to the final round of qualification at Bristol Motor Speedway in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race. He will roll off the grid 25th.

The last time Busch qualified in this race was spring 2016. After rolling off the grid 26th, he climbed all the way to third at the end. He has not finished on the lead lap in two races since.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 06:10:00 PM

In a week when the option for his 2018 contract expired with Stewart-Haas Racing, Kurt Busch finished sixth in the I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen International.

That was Busch’s 10th consecutive top-12 finish on a road course, which is significant because it shows consistency on this track type. He can be incredibly inconsistent on most other courses. Now the waiting came begins before fantasy owners know how stable his working conditions will be for the coming months.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 07:07:00 PM

Late in the first practice session for the I Love New York 355 at Watkins Glen International, Kurt Busch spun in turn one and nipped the retaining wall.

Busch is one of the better road course racers in the field and so this is significant. His damage is not severe and will almost certainly not require a backup car.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 10:58:00 AM

Kurt Busch finished eighth in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway., which snapped a two-race streak of DNFs.

Busch has been inconsistent this year. He has only one streak in which he finished outside the top 20 four times, but otherwise he has interspersed strong and weak result throughout the year.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 08:15:00 PM

Kurt Busch finished seventh in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway after starting the day 17th.

That was the eighth consecutive time on a road course that he finished 12th or better. In pre-race coverage, we suggested he would be a decent value because of his consistency on this track type in spite of the fact that he can be a little uneven on other courses. He proved that prediction true.
Sun, Jun 25, 2017 07:32:00 PM