Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch
42-Year-Old Driver  
Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After a successful transition to Chip Ganassi Racing last year, Busch returns for season two in the No. 1 Chevrolet. The 20-year veteran grabbed one victory (Kentucky) and 18 Top-10 finishes last year in a good campaign. Busch didn't drive as far into the Chase for the Cup as he would have liked, but the effort was good enough to earn a multi-year extension with Ganassi. At 41-years-old Busch is approaching elder statesman status in NASCAR's top division. With 684-career starts and 31 victories, Busch has etched his name among some elite company. The veteran driver will once again be paired with crew chief, Matt McCall, and the duo will look to post an even better campaign in season two at CGR. We should see some modest improvement in Top-10 totals and a deeper drive into the playoffs for Busch in 2020. Read Past Outlooks
Fifth-Place at Kentucky
NASCAR Cup
July 12, 2020
Busch finished fifth in the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Sunday afternoon.
ANALYSIS
Busch was unable to successfully defend his Kentucky race win of one year ago, but he still had a strong performance at the Kentucky oval. He was a Top-10 driver most of the 400-mile battle, and would work his way forward late in stage 3. The final restart with 2 laps to go would see him improve his position a couple spots and come home with a strong fifth-place finish. It was his fourth Top 5 of the season.
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Busch moves on after a successful five-season run at Stewart Haas Racing. He'll pilot the No. 1 Chevrolet of Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019, replacing the longtime driver, Jamie McMurray, in that ride. Busch is coming off his fifth-consecutive season with at least one victory, and 22 Top-10 finishes. The veteran driver made a good run into the Chase and wound up seventh overall in the final standings. We expect Busch to make sort of a sideways move performance-wise in the move to Ganassi. It's a one-season deal for the 40-year-old driver, and he'll bring primary sponsor, Monster Energy, to the team. Busch will partner with crew chief Matt McCall and hope to boost this team's performance over their lackluster 2018 campaign. It would be surprising to see Busch exceed the season he just posted, but we expect a slight downturn in his statistical numbers in 2019.
Busch resigned with Stewart Haas Racing last December. He'll return to the No. 41 Ford team along with primary sponsor Monster Energy. The veteran driver made a big splash to start last season by winning the 2017 Daytona 500, but everything after that was pretty shaky. Busch struggled with consistency issues, and only posted 15 Top-10 finishes. He wound up a lowly 14th in the final driver standings. Busch will look to hit the reset button in 2018 with new crew chief Billy Scott. The 39-year-old driver should get back to 20 or more Top-10 finishes in the upcoming season, and a points finish inside the Top 10. The team has a lot of work to do, and Ford has some catching up to do in terms of speed, but Busch has the experience to guide this team back into the Top 10.
Busch is the second-best driver in the Stewart Haas Racing stable. He's been very consistent since his move to this team three seasons ago. The veteran driver has averaged 1.5 wins, 10 Top-5 and 21 Top-10 finishes over the last two seasons alone. That's been good enough to earn eighth- and seventh-place finishes respectively in the driver standings those two years. The SHR stable is moving from Chevrolet to Ford in 2017, so there could be some growing pains early in the season. However, crew chief Tony Gibson and Busch have some excellent chemistry and they should be able to work through these challenges. We expect another season with a win or two for the No. 41 SHR team and yet another berth in the Chase for the Cup once we get to Chicago in September.
While Busch spent much of last season trying to get out of his teammate Kevin Harvick's shadow, there's a lot of good to point to for the immediate future. Busch started the season with a three-race suspension right out of the gates, but he shook that setback off and turned in his best campaign since 2009. The driver of the Stewart Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet grabbed two victories and 21 top-10 finishes in that 33-race slate. It now appears that the embattled driver has his personal life and racing career in a good place and under control. With veteran crew chief Tony Gibson returning to lead the team again in 2016, the sky's the limit. Busch could easily exceed this spot in the final driver standings.
The move to Furniture Row Racing will give this veteran driver a new start in the upcoming season. We got a preview of what Busch and his new team is capable of at the end of 2012. Busch collected three straight Top-10 finishes with the No. 78 Chevrolet team. Those results are very encouraging and pointing to a much better 2013 season. The equipment and experience of this single-car team could propel Busch back to victory lane or even an outside shot at making the Chase for the Cup field. One thing is for certain, the misery of the 2012 campaign will be long forgotten once Busch gets up and rolling with the FRR team.
Busch fills the seat of the legendary Rusty Wallace in the #2 car. Busch has a championship and many wins to his credit in his short Nextel Cup career, but we don't think Busch's first season with Penske will be an easy ride.
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Outside Pole at Indianapolis
NASCAR Cup
July 2, 2020
Busch will start from the outside pole for the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Fails inspection, starting in back
NASCAR Cup
June 7, 2020
Busch failed inspection three times for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will start at the rear of the field, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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Rallies to Seventh at Bristol
NASCAR Cup
June 1, 2020
Busch had to rally from 2 laps down to finish seventh in Sunday's Food City presents the Supermarket Heroes 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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Fifth-Place at Charlotte
NASCAR Cup
May 28, 2020
Busch finished fifth in the Alsco Uniforms 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Thursday night.
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Wins Coca-Cola 600 pole
NASCAR Cup
May 24, 2020
Busch won the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He turned in a fast lap of 181.269 miles per hour.
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