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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 finished eighth in the Ford EcoBoost 400, which was his sixth top-10 finish in the last seven races of the season.
Unfortunately, his only dissenting result in that span of time was a 34th at Martinsville Speedway when he was the innocent bystander in a Brad Keselowski/Matt Kenseth accident. That kept him out of Chase contention, but allowed him to fly under the fantasy NASCAR radar screen and made him a better value overall. Nov 22 - 9:42 PM

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Kurt Busch was an innocent victim in an accident triggered by Matt Kenseth driving across the nose of Brad Keselowski at Martinsville Speedway and that kept him out of the Championship Four. It also overshadows the five top-10s that he has earned in his last six races this season.

Fantasy owners cannot fill their roster with Chase contenders this week, so they are going to have to look much deeper in the field for good values. Busch probably feels like he has something to prove at Homestead-Miami Speedway and that should be worth a few positions in the final order.
Nov 19 - 9:03 PM

Kurt Busch lost the battle, but he may yet have won the war. He finished seventh in the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and failed to advance to the final round of the Chase after sustaining crash damage three weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, but his poise with the media was better than ever in his career.

This indicates a level of maturity for a driver who has a tendency to fiery outbursts and it could finally be the turning point his backers have looked for. His aggression on the track earned solid runs at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix. Potential sponsors are likely taking note. Busch should carry this momentum forward.
Nov 16 - 9:42 AM

Kurt Busch swept Saturday’s practice for the Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. His top speed in final practice was 140.029 mph.

There is no logical reason to leave Busch on the sidelines, but he has experienced enough bad luck this season to make him a difficult choice on Sunday. Start him at your own risk.
Nov 14 - 3:24 PM

Kurt Busch posted the quickest 10-lap average in the second practice session for the Quicken Loans 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. His best 10-lap average was 138.834 mph from laps 34 through 43.

Busch was also fastest in single lap speed, which gives him a great balance of speed and durability.
Nov 14 - 2:50 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest speed in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500k with a speed of 139.627 mph. This backs up and confirms the outside pole he won on Friday.

Busch is one of three drivers who is in a must win situation in order to advance to the championship round and he is getting off to a solid start. All too often he slips up in race trim at the end of an afternoon, however. He will be a good fantasy value, but not necessarily a winning driver on Sunday.
Nov 14 - 12:33 PM

Kurt Busch set a new Phoenix International Raceway track record in the second round of qualification for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500. His top speed of 142.982 mph beat the old record of 142.141, set by Joey Logano in this race last year.

Notably, Logano failed to advance to the final round of qualification this time around. With one qualification round remaining, the pole is still up for grabs, but Busch has set himself up as a favorite for Sunday’s race.
Nov 13 - 7:30 PM

Kurt Busch posted the third-fastest time overall and was the best among Chase contenders in Friday’s practice for the Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. His top speed of 141.571 mph was 0.046 seconds slower than the leader Jimmie Johnson.

Busch is essentially in a must-win situation this week and a good qualification effort is important at Phoenix. Continue to monitor him on Saturday, but be prepared to start the No. 41 if he is strong then.
Nov 13 - 3:54 PM

Kurt Busch did all he could to stay in contention at Texas Motor Speedway, but a seventh-place finish in the AAA 500 was not enough to elevate him above the cutoff mark to make the next round of the Chase. He currently sits 28 markers behind Martin Truex Jr. and 38 behind his teammate Kevin Harvick.

Busch has earned three top-10s in his last four Phoenix International Raceway races, but he has not won since 2005. His teammate Harvick has won five of the last six races on that track, so maybe he can borrow some setup notes.
Nov 8 - 9:49 PM

Kurt Busch is peaking at the right time in the Chase. He finished 10th in the 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway and completed a sweep of the top 10 during the Contender round.

In fact, with an average finish of seventh during this round, he outperformed his teammate Kevin Harvick’s 11th, which has made him the go-to Stewart-Haas Racing driver. He is cheaper in most salary cap games and generally a solid choice in pick ‘em contests.
Oct 25 - 9:36 PM

Entering the 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway Kurt Busch has scored four results of 12th or better in his last four plate races. Two of these were top-fives at Daytona, but his two ‘Dega duels ended in a seventh last fall and a 12th this spring.

Consistency makes up the difference, however. Fantasy owners would be happy to have a top-15 guaranteed, but Busch has also finished outside the top 20 in eight of his last 16 attempts on this track type. He is an acceptable risk this week at Talladega, but a risk nonetheless.
Oct 22 - 9:10 PM

Monster Energy is moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while Kurt Busch is staying at Stewart-Haas Racing.

The energy drink manufacturer has teamed with Busch in a multiyear agreement that will see Monster Energy co-sponsor him and the No. 41 Chevrolet SS with Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. Busch will debut this new sponsorship during the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Sprint Cup race weekend at Martinsville. The No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS will then become a fixture beginning with the 2016 season, whereupon Monster Energy will be the alpha sponsor (hood) for 17 races and the bravo sponsor (quarter panel) for 18 races with one full primary race sponsorship.-Stewart-Haas Racing
Oct 21 - 9:43 PM

Last week Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway; this week he was sixth in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and those two solid results have left him third in the points’ standings.

Busch simply needs to stay out of trouble at Talladega SuperSpeedway to survive to the next round. Unfortunately that is much easier said than done on the restrictor-plate tracks and Busch needs to be a little nervous.
Oct 18 - 9:25 PM

Kurt Busch rounded out a sweep of the top five for Chase contenders. He had an uneventful race and crossed under the checkers fifth in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Some days uneventful is the best one can hope for. Busch was never in danger of losing the lead lap and that performance will give him confidence heading into Kansas Speedway and the Hollywood Casino 400.
Oct 11 - 4:32 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the second practice session of the weekend on Friday afternoon. His top speed was 188.772 mph.

Busch was one of nine current Chase contenders who cracked the top 10 in this session. Look for him and the rest of the Chasers to dominate Saturday night. The victory will be heavily influenced by strategy and track position.
Oct 9 - 4:34 PM