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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 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

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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

Kurt Busch will have at least five new crew members in 2014: Scott Barnette, JD Frey, Todd Hamm, Matthew Kennedy, and Tony Raines

Perhaps the most significant of these is Raines as Busch’s spotter and Hamm as the engine tuner. Busch hovered on the cusp of being a good value, but lacked consistency. These additions might just elevate him one or two positions on average.
Feb 11 - 12:16 PM

Kurt Busch has been at his best during the past three years at Watkins Glen International, where he has an average finish of 6.3.

Busch entered this year’s Cheez-it 355 at the Glen with a three-race, top-10 streak and missed extending it by one position. He finished 11th in August. Richmond International Raceway is the site of his best three-year average on a track that hosts more than one race per year and that was earned despite scoring a 23th in spring 2014. If he can extend his current five-race, top-15 streak there this spring he will be a much better value in the fall. Busch is projected to finish 14th in this year’s points standings.
Jan 24 - 12:13 PM

Kyle Busch has recorded a top-10 in 58 percent of his starts to account for 56 such results in 97 races. He missed part of the 2015 season to injury.

Busch’s greatest success came on the short, flat track of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Those two track types dominate both the regular season and Chase schedule, which helped win the 2015 Championship. Of his 10 victories in this span of time, he scored one each on these tracks. He has also won the last two editions of the Brickyard 400.
Jan 11 - 12:03 PM

Kurt Busch has scored 53 top-10s in the past three years, which puts him eighth on the leaderboard behind his brother Kyle Busch (with 56).

Busch earned five of his top-10s in the last six races at Phoenix International Raceway with a pair of fifth-place finishes as his high water mark on that course. He has the least number of wins among the 10 best, however, with a single victory at Martinsville Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Pocono Raceway, and Richmond International Raceway accounting for four trophies.
Jan 9 - 12:06 PM

With an average finish of 12.03, Kurt Busch had the sixth-best mark among all fulltime contenders in 2016.

Busch accumulated this average by finishing in the top 10 slightly more than half the time. He finished worse than 23rd only three times, which made him a good place-and-hold driver if a fantasy player was able to sign him when he was relatively inexpensive.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 12:56:00 PM

Kurt Busch finished fifth in the Can-Am 500 to earn his fifth consecutive result of seventh or better.

Busch was predicted to run well, but he was in too deep a points’ hole to advance to the Championship finale. His handicap next week is a little less clear because he has alternated strong and weak runs on the current configuration of Homestead-Miami Speedway,
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 06:54:00 PM

Kurt Busch enters the Can-Am 500 with a four-race top-10 streak at Phoenix International Raceway.

As inconsistent as Busch has been this season, one cannot say the same about his Phoenix record. Busch has finished between fifth and seventh in his last four attempts and also had a fifth-place finish in fall 2013. If not for an engine failure the next spring, he might have a six-race streak in that range. Busch has been overshadowed by teammate Kevin Harvick in recent years, but could be a great differentiator.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 10:20:00 AM