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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 finished fourth in the All-star race. He was 2.27 seconds behind his brother Kyle Busch.
That was Busch’s third consecutive top-five finish and his fourth such result in the past five races. May 20 - 9:44 PM

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When the All-star race begins Saturday night, Kurt Busch will be the only driver in it with back-to-back top-five finishes.

Busch finished third in 2015 and fifth last year. He started his All-star career in 2002/2003 with back-to-back top-fives and he won in 2010.
May 20 - 3:16 PM

Kyle Busch won stage one of the 400 at Kansas Speedway and remained in contention most of the night. He finished fifth.

Busch had one of the cars to beat in the early stage of the race, but his handling faded at the end. On the multiple restarts that marred the end of the race, he was only able to hold his own while Martin Truex Jr. and Ryan Blaney could be much more aggressive.
May 14 - 12:34 AM

Kurt Busch finished sixth in the Geico 500 at Talladega SuperSpeedway, which was his seventh top-10 in his last eight attempts on restrictor-plate, superspeedways.

Things did not look good for Busch at various stages of the race. He sustained some damage in the lap-169 accident, but it was not enough to keep him from drafting well. The top-10 could have been covered by a modest-sized tarp, so the difference between his finish and another win was minimal.
May 7 - 7:37 PM

Kurt Busch lost his cool suit early during an extremely hot race, but stayed in the front half of the Toyota Owners 400 pack all day before finishing eighth at Richmond International Raceway.

Busch’s average running position was 13.074, but in a field that seesawed that was good enough for seventh on that chart. It does not quite make Busch a favorite on the next unrestricted, intermediate speedway, but this effort certainly does not hurt his handicap.
Apr 30 - 7:13 PM

After four consecutive results of 24th or worse, Kurt Busch finished 10th in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

This lifted Busch back into the top 16 in points and while that is not critical for a driver with a victory to his credit, it does point to a certain level of consistent strength.
Apr 9 - 6:53 PM

The good news is that Kurt Busch has two wins at Martinsville. One of these came with his current Stewart-Haas Racing team in 2014.

The bad news is that is one of only five top-10s in 33 career starts on this track. Worse still, it is his only top-10 in his last 22 Martinsville races, so this would seem to be a bad time to expect him to reverse his recent negative trend.
Mar 31 - 9:54 PM

Kurt Busch enters the Camping World 500 with a five-race streak of top-10s that include a pair of fifths.

Busch has not only been strong, he has been consistent. All five of these results landed between fifth and seventh. He has another fifth-place finish in November 2013 and would likely have a seven-race streak to his credit if not for a blown engine in spring 2014. While all of the attention this week goes to his teammate Kevin Harvick, Busch will make a great differentiator.
Mar 14 - 5:31 PM

Kurt Busch had a battery fail with about 70 laps remaining in the Kobalt 400. He was forced into the pits for repairs, lost four laps in the process, and ended his day 30th.

Having a win in the bank is a huge benefit for Busch because days like this do not drop him out of playoff contention. They are difficult on fantasy owners, however.
Mar 12 - 9:54 PM

Kurt Busch earned his eighth consecutive top-15 at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he crossed under the checkers seventh.

Busch started the race 13th and was not a big factor in the first half of the race. He failed to earn any segment points for being inside the top 10 at the stage breaks, but he stayed out of trouble and was able to capitalize in the closing laps. That has been his strong suit in the past several seasons and it is why he was part of last year’s playoffs.
Mar 5 - 7:47 PM

Kurt Busch was the fastest driver who failed to advance to the final round of qualification. His lap of 186.968 mph put him 13th on the grid.

Qualification is relatively important for Busch. Only four of his 11 career top-10s on this track have been earned after starting worse than 12th.
Mar 3 - 6:36 PM

Kurt Busch inherited the lead when first Chase Elliott and then Kyle Larson stumbled on fuel in the final laps to win the Daytona 500. He led only that one lap.

Busch has been one of the best plate racers for a long time, but he has never been able to capture this race. Both sides of his car were banged up with crash damage, but he managed to tuck into the draft until the lap. For the 11th time in history, a last-lap pass determined the 500.
Feb 26 - 6:32 PM

Kurt Busch finished third in his Can-Am Duel at Daytona and will line up eighth in the Daytona 500.

Busch is one of the unsung heroes of plate racing. If not for a last-corner tap from Joey Logano in the 2016 Coke Zero 400, he would have a nine-race, top-10 streak going. He was wrecked in The Clash by Jimmie Johnson, but should be a good value if he stays out of trouble.
Feb 24 - 11:33 AM

Kurt Busch was the first driver to retire from the Advance Auto Parts Clash Sunday after contact from Jimmie Johnson.

Johnson got loose on the outside of Busch on lap 16. The No. 48 spun into the side of the 41 and turned it into the wall. The good news is that Busch did not make a mistake, does not need the extra track time for experience, and may have gotten his bad luck behind him.
Feb 19 - 3:06 PM

Kurt Busch should be considered a solid option on restrictor-plate, superspeedways with four top-10s in his last six starts.

Busch finished 10th in last year’s Daytona 500 and was fifth the previous summer. He missed the 2015 500 due to suspension, but two of his previous three events ended sixth or better. One niggling doubt might come in the form of last year’s 23rd in the Coke Zero 400, but he was running fourth in the final turn before he got spun by Joey Logano.
Feb 19 - 12:38 PM