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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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Kurt Busch had been running at the end of every race this year entering the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. That was a record for lead lap finishes at the start of a season. Stretching back to last year, he had complete showings in 25 consecutive races and had been running at the end of 61 attempts—both of which led the league. He crashed on lap 372 to end them.
Kurt Busch spun without contact while leading the race and took responsibility for the mistake. He has been slowly losing ground in terms of top-10 challenges and this cannot be a good sign in regard to his handicap in the next three races. Aug 21 - 9:30 PM

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Kyle Busch posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. His top lap of 128.969 mph was set about midway through the session.

Along with his brother Kurt Busch and Jeff Gordon, Busch has the most wins among active drivers. His latest win came in spring 2011, but in the nine races since then, he has finished worse than he started six times.
Aug 19 - 11:37 AM

In the first 16 races of this season, Kurt Busch finished 13th or better in all but one race; he was 30th at Auto Club Speedway. In the last six races, he finished outside the top 20 twice and worse than 15th once, which means three of his four worst results have come since the beginning of July.

Busch was a place-and-hold driver for most of the season. He has continued to be a decent value despite his newfound inconsistency and has finished on the lead lap in every event. He set a record for the most complete races at the start of a season last week at Pocono Raceway and added to that at Watkins Glen International.
Aug 8 - 9:10 PM

The Busch Brothers started the Pennsylvania 400 on the same row in 15th and 16th. The finished nose to tail as well, with Kyle posting a ninth and Kurt finishing 10th.

Kurt’s voyage was a little more interesting overall. He dropped to the back of the pack to start the race after making unapproved adjustments to his car. His official starting position is the one of record, however, and he earned five place-differential points as a result. The good news is this is his second top-10 in the past five races. Kyle has a current seven-race, top-12 streak.
Aug 1 - 7:22 PM

Kyle and Kurt Busch both failed to advance to the third and final round of qualification. Kyle posted a lap of 177.054 mph while Kurt was marginally better with a 177.183. Kyle starts the Pennsylvania 400 16th; Kurt will line up 15th.

Kyle won the pole last week, but was dinged in inspection this week and thrown out of his rhythm. Kurt is the defending winner from June and both of them should be highly regarded in race trim—and should earn positive place-differential points.
Jul 29 - 5:22 PM

At Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch finished outside the top 15 for the third time in the past four races. He was 16th in the Crown Royal Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard after starting 11th.

One would like to say that Busch ran better than he finished, but he garnered only the 13th-best driver rating from NASCAR Statistical Services. That suggests he finished fairly closely to how he performed and raises questions about his ability to rebound in the next few weeks.
Jul 25 - 11:16 AM

Kurt Busch enters the New Hampshire 301 with a five-race streak of top-15 finishes on flat tracks. His worst result in that span was a 13th at Martinsville Speedway this spring, but he offset that with a victory in the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway last month.

Busch has been almost perfect in regard to top-15s this year. He finished 30th at Auto Club Speedway and was spun out of a top-five position at Daytona International Speedway two weeks ago before finishing 23rd. There is no reason to expect him to finish anywhere other than the top 15 in Loudon.
Jul 15 - 12:58 PM

Kurt Busch was forced to go to the back of the grid to start the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway, but his place-differential was based on his official starting position of third. Everyone knew it would take a little strategy and a lot of speed to finish in the top 10. Busch surpassed expectations with a fourth-place finish.

In NASCAR it pays to be lucky and good. Busch was both this weekend and now his 23rd-place result on the restrictor-plate, Daytona International Speedway seems like only a momentary blip. He will be highly favored next week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as well.
Jul 9 - 11:26 PM

Kurt Busch spun and made contact with the Kentucky Speedway wall late in practice for the Quaker State 400. The damage was significant enough to cause the team to go to a backup.

Busch sustained significant damage, but it remains to be seen if he will need to roll out a backup car. This is a blow to his goal of restarting his top-10 streak. Busch will have to start at the back of the pack for the race, but his official position for place differential will be based on his third-place gridding from the points' standings.
Jul 8 - 7:27 PM

Kurt Busch went from challenging for a top-five to finishing 23rd—the last car on the lead lap—when he was spun by Joey Logano in turn four at Daytona International Speedway in the Coke Zero 400.

That snapped a league-leading 10-race, top-10 streak for the elder Busch. He will not be happy with Logano at Kentucky Speedway next week, which could provide a distraction for both racers.
Jul 3 - 12:44 AM

Kurt Busch scored his 10th consecutive top-10 of 2016 at Sonoma Raceway in the Toyota / Save Mart 350, but just barely so. He finished the race 10th after starting fourth. That was the second straight race in which he finished 10th after also fairing that well at Michigan International Speedway.

Busch was widely regarded as one of the favorites to win at Sonoma, however, so a result of 10th was a little bit of a disappointment for fantasy owners. If he survives the wild card race at Daytona International Speedway, he should control his fate for a while on unrestricted, intermediate speedways.
Jun 26 - 8:22 PM

Kurt Busch finished 10th in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway to narrowly keep his current streak of nine top-10s alive.

Busch was also 10th at Richmond International Raceway and ninth at Texas Motor Speedway. He is not earning maximum points most weeks, but consistency counts for a lot in fantasy NASCAR.
Jun 12 - 8:12 PM

After being told he was two laps short on fuel, Kurt Busch coasted through the corners and held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. in route to Victory Lane at Pocono Raceway in the Axalta 400. This is the first win of the season for the No. 41.

Busch has been very consistent, but still flew under the radar screen without a victory. He moved himself up from qualifying for the Chase with points to being one of nine drivers with a winner’s sticker on his door post.
Jun 6 - 3:31 PM

Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch posted the fastest two laps in final practice for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway. Kyle’s speed was 176.901 mph; Kurt clocked in at 176.800.

Both drivers start close enough to the front of the pack to contend for top-five finishes, but they are deep enough that earning positive place-differential points is also a possibility. Kyle will start 12th; Kurt starts ninth and both are solid fantasy picks.
Jun 4 - 12:32 PM

Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger will lose their respective crew chiefs for the Axalta We Paint Winners 400 at Pocono Raceway after Tony Gibson (from the No. 41) and Randall Burnett (No. 47) were found guilty of not tightening all of the lugnuts on their wheels in the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Gibson and Burnett each were fined $20,000 and placed on probation through December 31st, according to NBC’s Nate Ryan. This will be a bigger blow to Allmendinger than Busch because that team does not have multi-car resources on which to fall back.
Jun 2 - 1:13 AM