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Kurt Busch |

Team: Stewart Haas Racing-41
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Looking back to last year’s 18th-place finish at Martinsville in the Goody's 500, Kurt Busch has alternated top-five finishes with results outside the top 15 on NASCAR’s flat tracks. That has made him one of the more difficult drivers to handicap on a weekly basis.
If the pattern holds, Busch should be on track to score a top-five this week since his 17th at New Hampshire was preceded by a third at Pocono. Trends like this provide little insight for fantasy owners, but it could put him on several players’ radar screens. Jul 23 - 9:07 AM

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Kurt Busch has been an all or nothing driver for most of the 2014 season. In the first 19 races, he has one victory and three other top-fives compared to 10 results outside the top 20.

The balance of his results have been well down the finishing order and mostly caused by incidents. He has been significantly slowed or stopped by crash damage four times, blown two engines, and has suffered numerous mistakes in the pits, which makes him a difficult pick for fantasy owners.
Jul 16 - 3:51 PM

Kurt Busch snapped a five-race, top-15 streak dating back to the Pocono 400 when he crossed under the checkers 17th.

The driver was undoubtedly disappointed, but the past seven races have given him an average finish of 11.1, beginning with an 18th at Dover. In the six races that preceded the FedEx 400 his average finish was 32.5, and that turnaround means he is once more becoming fantasy relevant.
Jul 13 - 9:01 PM

Kurt Busch’s single victory of this season came on a short, flat track. He passed Jimmie Johnson late in the STP 500 to win at Martinsville.

Unfortunately that victory is surrounded by 20-something results on the other two short, flat tracks of Phoenix and Richmond. Busch has been inconsistent for most of 2014, which makes him a difficult driver to pick for this week’s Camping World RV Sales 301 roster.
Jul 10 - 3:37 PM

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) has three wins, seven top fives, 11 top 10s and an average finish of 15.3 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

He has an Average Running Position of 13.7, 10th-best; Driver Rating of 90.4, 12th-best; 187 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most; 920 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most; Average Green Flag Speed of 124.559 mph, 10th-fastest; 3,380 Laps in the Top 15 (62.9%), 11th-most and 516 Quality Passes, sixth-most.-NASCAR.com
Jul 9 - 11:14 AM

The No. 41 team that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has been penalized for a rules infraction discovered in post-race inspection July 6 at Daytona International Speedway.

The infraction: "for events at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway, at all times, the Delta (or difference) of the Z-height measurement between the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt located at the left truck trailing arm and the center of the panhard bar mounting bolt, located at the right rear sub-frame mounting bracket, must not exceed three inches". Crew chief Daniel Knost has been fined $10,000. In addition, driver Kurt Busch has lost 10 championship driver points and owner Gene Haas has lost 10 championship owner points.-NASCAR IMC
Jul 8 - 9:48 PM

Kurt Busch finishes 3rd in Sunday's rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

He started the No. 41 Chevrolet SS 40th on the grid for the Coke Zero 400. He advanced two spots to 24th in the 2014 NSCS point standings.
Jul 7 - 1:32 PM

Kurt Busch’s (No. 41 Chevrolet SS) team wins two race awards in the Sprint Cup Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Busch earned the 3M Lap Leader award (36 of 112 laps). He started 40th in the lineup and finished 3rd. Hendrick Engines won the Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race award. Busch moved up two spots to 24th in the 2014 Sprint Cup point standings.
Jul 6 - 4:24 PM

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) has 10 top fives, 13 top 10s and an average finish of 18.0 at Daytona International Speedway.

He has an average Running Position of 16.1, seventh-best; Driver Rating of 88.9, sixth-best; 70 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most; 3,692 Green Flag Passes, eighth-most; 2,072 Laps in the Top 15 (60.3%), fifth-most and 2,585 Quality Passes, third-most-NASCAR.com
Jun 30 - 8:41 PM

Kurt Busch finishes 12th in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, KY.

He started the No. 41 Chevrolet SS 9th on the grid for the Quaker State 400. He is currently 26th in the 2014 NSCS point standings.
Jun 29 - 12:04 PM

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet) is 26th in the standings with 347 points; current Chase seed: 10.

Past five races: 12th at Sonoma, 13th at Michigan, 3rd at Pocono, 18th at Dover, 40th at Charlotte. Season stats: 1 win, 3 top-fives, 3 top-10s. Track history: At Kentucky, Busch's average finish is 11.3 and his average running position is 13.3 over the past three years. In three career starts at Kentucky, he has two top-10s.-NASCAR.com
Jun 26 - 3:33 PM

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) has two top 10s and an and an average finish of 11.3 at Kentucky Speedway.

He has an average Running Position of 13.3, 10th-best; Driver Rating of 90.6, 10th-best; 21 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most; 202 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most; Average Green Flag Speed of 170.530 mph, 12th-fastest and 92 Quality Passes, ninth-most-NASCAR.com
Jun 24 - 7:39 PM

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Chevrolet SS) leads the first practice for the Sprint Cup Toyota / SaveMart 350k at Sonoma Raceway.

A lap of 95.470 mph was the quickest of the 42 cars out on the track for the first practice session. No. 15 Clint Bowyer, No. 55 Brian Vickers, No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. and No. 42 Kyle Larson are the rest of the top five on the speed chart. No. 40 Landon Cassill was the slowest.
Jun 20 - 5:05 PM

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing, Chevrolet) is 26th in the standings with 315 points.

Past five races: 13th at Michigan, 3rd at Pocono, 18th at Dover, 40th at Charlotte, 29th at Kansas. Season stats: 1 win, 3 top-fives, 3 top-10s. Track history: At Sonoma, Busch's average finish is 13.0 and his average running position is 10.0 over the past nine years. In 13 career starts at Sonoma, he has one win, six top-fives, six top-10s and one pole.-NASCAR.com
Jun 19 - 8:15 PM

Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) has one win, six top fives, six top 10s; one pole and an average finish of 16.0 at Sonoma Raceway.

He has a Series-best Average Running Position of 10.0; Driver Rating of 107.8, second-best; 56 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most; Average Green Flag Speed of 89.869 mph, third-fastest; Series-high 761 Laps in the Top 15 (76.3%) and 201 Quality Passes, eighth-most.-NASCAR.com
Jun 16 - 9:28 PM