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Kurt Busch

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

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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

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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

NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29th.

Kurt Busch (#41 Chevrolet) received a P3 penalty for violations of Sections 12-1; 10.11.3.4 a. Crew chief (Tony Gibson) has been fined $20,000, suspended from all NASCAR Series Championship Points Events through June 8, and placed on NASCAR probation through Dec. 31.
Jun 1 - 9:30 PM

Kurt Busch finished sixth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway to extend his top-10 streak on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks to 12 consecutive races.

This streak dates back to last year’s SpongeBob SquarePants 400 at Kansas Speedway, and in that span of races on this track type he has averaged a result of 6.7. Winning one’s fantasy league is not only about having the winning driver on the roster, but often about who accompanies him.
May 30 - 12:11 AM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session of the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. His top speed of 191.002 was the only one to break the 191 mark.

Busch was also fast in the first practice session, but failed to back that up with a pole. In fact, the failed to make the final round of qualification and rolls off the grid 13th.
May 28 - 11:11 AM

Kurt Busch will roll off the grid 13th in the Coke 600 after failing to advance to the final 12 in the second round of qualification. His lap of 190.114 mph was nearly 0.012 seconds slower than Chase Elliott.

Busch has a current streak of six top-10s, so it seems likely that he will add a few place-differential points to his finishing total.
May 26 - 7:59 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the first practice for the Coke 600 with a speed of 192.843 mph. That makes him one of the favorites to win this week’s pole. Qualification will be held Thursday night.

Even though the race is 600 miles, track position early makes a difference. More importantly, the pole winner gets the coveted first pit stall, which often makes a difference on the final stop of the evening.
May 26 - 3:31 PM

Kurt Busch is still seeking his first victory of 2016, but he has been one of the most consistent drivers in the field. In 12 starts this year, he has completed every lap of competition and has 10 top-10s to show for the effort.

The only time he failed to crack the top 15 came at Auto Club Speedway in a race with very little attrition. Even though he managed to stay on the lead lap, Busch finish only 30th in that 400 miler.
May 20 - 7:34 PM

Kurt Busch pancaked the right side of his car in the final run to the checkers for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway while trying to run down Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson. He faded from third to fifth at the checkers after getting loose and slapping the wall in sight of the checkers, but remained the best of the Stewart-Haas Racers.

Busch continues to run well, but he is not getting the breaks needed to score that first victory of 2016. He keeps amassing fantasy NASCAR points, however, while flying under the radar screen. That makes him one of the best values most weeks.
May 15 - 6:25 PM

Kurt Busch posted the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 184.840 mph during his first 10 laps on the track.

Busch had the fifth-fastest lap and qualified ninth based on Friday’s practice speeds. It is unlikely he will post many fastest laps or laps led, but he should finish near the top 10. His usefulness to one’s roster is provisional based on who is anchoring the lineup.
May 14 - 12:06 PM

According to Greg Zipadelli of Stewart-Haas Racing, the culprit in Danica Patrick’s accident was apparently a rear gear failure. Kurt Busch had the same issue, but caught the vibration early and shut his engine down before he crashed. Busch reported that he "got lucky" and was shutting down his engine so quickly because of a drop-off in speed during lap three.

As a precaution, the gears will be changed on all four Stewart-Haas Racing cars. Harvick was the only driver completely unaffected by this incident.
May 13 - 11:39 AM

Kurt Busch has had one of the fastest cars each week and that was the case again Saturday night at Kansas Speedway in the GoBowling.com 400. He was chasing teammate Kevin Harvick and brother Kyle down, but ran out of time before the checkers waved.

Busch had one of the best races from start to finish. He qualified fourth and spent about 200 laps inside the top five, which was third-best behind Matt Kenseth and Martin Truex Jr.
May 7 - 10:59 PM