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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 was the fastest driver in Saturday morning’s practice session who was not affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing. He put his Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet on the chart fifth for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono with a speed of 175.285.
Busch is looking to stretch his incredible seven-race top-10 streak to eight this week. He has the speed and a good enough starting position to accomplish the feat. If he fits a niche on a player’s roster, he should be part of the plan. Aug 1 - 10:05 AM

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Kurt Busch entered the Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard with the longest current top-10 streak of six. He finished eighth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to keep that streak alive.

With a variety of strategies, everyone in the field had a seesaw day. Busch spent only about 60 laps inside the top 10, but he was there when it counted.
Jul 26 - 11:03 PM

Kurt Busch tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the Sprint Cup Crown Royal Jeff Kyle 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS driver ran a fast lap of 181.987 mph. No. 4 Kevin Harvick, No. 42 Kyle Larson, No. 48 Jimmie Johnson and No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. round out the top-five of the 45 cars out on the track. The No. 62 Chevrolet driven by Reed Sorenson was the slowest in the final practice session.
Jul 24 - 11:53 PM

Kurt Busch swept the top 10 in New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s qualification in 2013—the last year he raced for Barney Visser. Last year he could manage to qualify no better than the eighth row, but he was back in top form this week with a sixth-place effort for the 5-Hour Energy 301.

Busch needs to carry that magic over to the race because he has not finished in the top 10 at New Hampshire since 2011. So far this year, he has scored one victory and another top-five on in three races this track type, so he should be able finish with the leaders; his win came at Richmond International Raceway.
Jul 18 - 9:32 AM

Kurt Busch is the most recent winner on one of NASCAR’s flat tracks. He led 291 laps of the 400 that made up the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway and earned his way into the Chase with that victory.

Busch has not been perfect on this track type because he scored a 14th at Martinsville Speedway in the STP 500, but he does have a current four-race, top-15 streak on this course type and that means he will not cost fantasy players a lot of points.
Jul 16 - 2:09 PM

Kurt Busch finished 10th in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway and narrowly extended his streak of top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. This was his third consecutive finish of eighth through 10th.

Finishing 10th snapped a four-race streak of top-10s in 2015, which got started with a fifth in the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway. Like his teammate Kevin Harvick, Busch needs to challenge for top-fives in order to be a good fantasy value in salary cap games.
Jul 12 - 10:46 AM

Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway after starting the race 28th.

Daytona is one of the easiest tracks on which to overcome a poor starting position. Busch was one of three drivers who started outside the top 24 and then finished among the top 10. He was joined by third-place finisher Denny Hamlin who started 35th and fourth-place Kevin Harvick who started 34th. Fantasy owners do not need to worry about qualification on any of the plate tracks.
Jul 6 - 1:11 PM

Kurt Busch picked off seven drivers in the final eight laps of the race, but he could not catch his brother Kyle in the final circuits. He finished second in the Toyota / Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway after starting the race on the outside pole.

After finishing third last August at Watkins Glen International, Busch now has back-to-back top-fives and four top-10s in his last five road course races. He will be highly regarded at the Glen later this year.
Jun 28 - 6:40 PM

One of the tools used to determine a driver’s fantasy potential is the Fantasy Power Rankings (FPR), which is a combination of a driver’s finishing results and certain strength-based intangibles such as laps spent among the leaders and speed in traffic. This number reveals Kurt Busch has been second-strongest to teammate Kevin Harvick with a Ranking of 6.8 compared to Harvick’s 4.7. Martin Truex Jr. is the only other driver so far this season with an FPR of less than 10 (7.6).

Busch has backed that up with an almost perfect record of top-15s. Among those strong runs are five top-fives (42 percent of his starts) and seven top-10s (58%)—making him an all-around solid fantasy pick.
Jun 18 - 2:32 PM

Kurt Busch outlasted the rain and the competition to win the rain-shortened Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. It is his second victory of the season and takes away any doubt about him making the 2015 Chase.

The red flag on lap 138 was the fourth stoppage in a race that included a 65-lap green flag segment in the middle of the event. Busch’s first win of the season came in his sixth start at Richmond International Raceway.
Jun 14 - 6:22 PM

Kurt Busch slammed the wall in turn four at Michigan International Speedway in practice for the Quicken Loans 400. He flattened the right-hand side and will need to go to a backup car.

Busch was running 14th on the speed chart at the time and has been favored to earn a top-15 finish. The backup will be just as stout and he still has Saturday’s practices to overcome this setback.
Jun 12 - 12:28 PM

Kurt Busch was well on his way to a top-10 finish last week at Dover International Speedway before getting clipped and sent hard into the wall. That was the only time all season that he failed to finish in the top 15. This week, he got back on track with a fifth-place finish in the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway.

As consistent as Busch has been, he has not always been the strongest driver in the field. His top-five this week may reestablish him as a frontrunner since it snaps a four-race streak outside that mark.
Jun 7 - 5:33 PM

Kurt Busch posted a lap of 177.599 mph for the Axalta 400 and will lead the field to green on Sunday.

This is his second pole at Pocono Raceway. His first came in the 2011 5-Hour Energy 500, which the name and distance for this race at the time. He finished second in that race, and that bodes well for his handicap this week. Busch also has five outside poles and he finished in the top-three in all but one of those events.
Jun 5 - 5:52 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest 10-lap average in the morning practice session with a speed of 156154.766 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Busch was not very strong in qualification and rolls off the grid 13th, but he seems to be a driver who needs to find his rhythm. He should be considered a favorite to finish in the top 10 on the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks.
May 30 - 2:18 PM

Kurt Busch finished 10th in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to keep his perfect streak of top-15s alive this season.

Busch has completed all but one lap in the nine races he started in 2015 and that came at Bristol Motor Speedway because of crash damage. He has been one of the most reliable fantasy picks and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
May 25 - 10:01 AM