Kurt Busch was battling for the lead with Joey Logano late in the Pure Michigan 400 when he got out of shape and slammed the wall. Instead of a top-five finish, he ultimately ended four laps off the pace in 31st.
Kurt Busch posted the second-fastest speed in the second practice session for the Pure Michigan 400. His top speed of 203.109 was 13/1,000ths of a second slower than Kevin Harvick, who posted the fastest speed.
Last year’s third-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 was an anomaly for Kurt Busch at Michigan in recent years. It is his only top-10 in the last eight events on this track.
Kurt Busch started fifth and finished third in the Cheez-it 355k at the Glen. His third-place finish came after he spent the third-most laps in the top five.
Kurt Busch has developed a tendency toward being an all or nothing driver on NASCAR’s road courses. His last nine attempts on this track type ended in four top-fives, but also three results in the 30s.
At times Kurt Busch had one of the best cars on the track at Pocono. He was on an alternate strategy to the other dominant driver Jeff Gordon and spent the second-most laps in the lead at 30. He hit the wall twice in the closing laps, brought out the final caution, and ultimately finished 13th in the GoBowling.com 400.
Kurt Busch will race chassis No. 883 this week in the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono. This car debuted in the Pocono 400 earlier this year.
After qualifying fourth on Friday, Kurt Busch served notice he will be a driver to beat on Sunday by posting the fastest single lap of practice in Saturday morning’s session.
Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the GoBowling.com 400. His top speed was 180.353 mph, which does not quite rise to Denny Hamlin’s qualification record of 181.415 mph.
Kurt Busch has been uneven at times during the 2014 season, but he enters the GoBowling.com 400 weekend with a three-race, top-10 streak at Pocono.
Kurt Busch finished 28th in the Brickyard 400. It was his worst finish since scoring a 40th at Charlotte in May.
Kurt Busch will compete in chassis 760 this Sunday. Its lone previous start came at Kansas two months ago.
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.
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.