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Team: Stewart Haas Racing-41
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/4/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 150

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Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in final practice for the Food City 500. His top speed was 127.554 mph.
Busch was also strong (both fast and quick) in Saturday morning’s session and qualified well. He should be considered one of four or five favorites to win on Sunday. Apr 18 - 12:27 PM

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Kurt Busch posted the second-quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Food City 500. His top speed was 125.158 mph in his first 10 laps on the track. He also had the fourth-fastest single lap of 126.088 during his fourth trip around the track.

Busch has five previous wins at Bristol and would like to visit Victory Lane once more. That will punch his ticket to the Chase and complete his return to racing.
Apr 18 - 11:02 AM

Kurt Busch posted a lap of 193.847 mph in the final round of qualification for the Duck Commander 500 and won the pole for Saturday night’s race.

This is Busch’s second pole of the season. The last time he led the field to green was at Auto Club and in that race he was one of two dominant drivers. Busch came within a corner of winning the Auto Club 400. Teammate Kevin Harvick lines up to his outside.
Apr 10 - 7:41 PM

Kurt Busch sat out the first three races of the season when he was suspended by NASCAR. He returned and challenged for victories at Phoenix and Auto Club.

Busch also ran well at Martinsville before he lost the handling on his Chevrolet and fell back to 14th. The Easter off-week might actually prove to have a negative impact on him, however, since it allows him time to lose some of the emotion that was driving him.
Apr 7 - 9:35 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in final practice with a speed of 97.098 mph. Busch also reportedly had the second quickest 10-lap average.

Busch is going to have his work cut out for him on Sunday because he qualified only 26th for the STP 500. He can get the job accomplished, however, because he started 22nd in last year’s edition of this same race en route to Victory Lane.
Mar 28 - 1:53 PM

Kurt Busch led 65 laps including the white flag one, but was passed by first Brad Keselowski and then Kevin Harvick on the final circuit. Busch finished third, which was his second straight top-five since returning from suspension.

Two tires ultimately proved to be his undoing as he was passed by Keselowski for the lead. The No. 2 had four fresh tires. Teammate Harvick got around him for second within yards of the finish line after Busch slapped the frontstretch wall.
Mar 22 - 7:15 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap of final practice with a speed of 184.971 mph.

Busch has dominated every session this weekend and there is only one thing left to accomplish. It is difficult to call anyone else a favorite, but there is still a race to be run on Sunday.
Mar 21 - 3:32 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Auto Club 400 with a lap of 187.115 mph. He also reportedly had the best five- and 10-lap averages, posted the fastest time in Friday’s practice, and won the pole for this event.

Busch’s speed was more than two and half mile per hour faster than second-place Jimmie Johnson, which is a massive amount by NASCAR standards. Busch is making a strong statement about being the favorite this week.
Mar 21 - 12:33 PM

Kurt Busch posted a lap of 185.142 mph. His teammate Kevin Harvick posted the second fastest lap and will roll off the grid on the outside of the front row with a speed of 185.047 mph.

Both Stewart-Haas Racing drivers battled at the front of the pack last week at Phoenix and they are picking up where they left off. Odds are good that they will both contend for top-fives on Sunday and they should be started this week.
Mar 20 - 8:46 PM

Kurt Busch picked up where he left off at Phoenix and posted the fastest speed in Friday’s practice session. His top lap was recorded at 186.741 mph, which was 0.282 seconds faster than second-place Denny Hamlin.

Busch enters the weekend with three consecutive top-10s and back-to-back top-fives. He is one of the most popular drivers in fantasy NASCAR this week and deserves that status.
Mar 20 - 4:20 PM

Kurt Busch finished fifth at Phoenix in his first Cup race back from suspension.

Busch challenged for second-place behind teammate Kevin Harvick late in the 500 until he pitted for tires with 12 laps remaining and restarted 10th. He was the driver who advanced the most with the new rubber on his car.
Mar 15 - 7:59 PM

Kurt Busch posted the fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session. His top speed of 136.768 mph was 0.075 seconds faster than Brad Keselowski.

Busch does not seem to have suffered by his three-race absence and he could be fantasy relevant for players who are willing to take a slight risk.
Mar 14 - 12:29 PM

NASCAR has reinstated Kurt Busch and declared that he is eligible for the Chase in spite of not competing in every race. Stewart-Haas Racing has announced Busch will be in the car at Phoenix this week.

Busch will need to meet the other requirements for the Chase, however, which is to either finish in the top 30 in points with a victory or climb high enough to be one of the drivers who earns his way in by that method. He sits 42 points behind Jeff Gordon, who currently occupies 30th in the standings. Busch will become an immediate good fantasy value as he races with the goal of proving he belongs in the series after missing the first three weeks.
Mar 11 - 1:18 PM

Car owner Gene Haas says he does not know if or when NASCAR will reinstate Kurt Busch, but once Busch is reinstated, Haas wants to know if the driver will be eligible for the championship.

Busch, who has missed the first three races of the season, would need a waiver from NASCAR to be eligible for the Chase upon his return. Last year, NASCAR granted a waiver to Denny Hamlin when he missed a race at Auto Club Speedway with metal in his eye. Hamlin was among the four drivers racing for the championship last year at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR also granted Tony Stewart a waiver when he missed three races last season after he struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint car race Aug. 9 in New York. Stewart did not win a race to use that waiver for the Chase.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 9 - 10:02 AM

According to NBC’s Dustin Long, Kurt Busch’s final appeal was heard Saturday night and his indefinite suspension has been upheld. Long writes, "Bryan Moss, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer, refused to overturn NASCAR’s suspension of Busch on Saturday night. Moss’ decision is final and cannot be appealed within NASCAR’s jurisdiction."

There is no predetermined road to reinstatement, but NASCAR announced they will make it perfectly clear to Busch what he has to do to get back in any of NASCAR’s series. Regan Smith will replace Busch on Sunday and no determinations have been announced about the status of the team beyond this weekend.
Feb 21 - 10:48 PM