Crunching The Numbers: Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch – #41 Stewart-Haas Racing Haas Automation Chevrolet

during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on March 20, 2015 in Fontana, California.

Standings: 8th
Points: 1,108
Bonus Points: 23

  • 12.78% of total possible bonus points

Starts: 33
Wins: 2
Poles: 3
DNFs: 0
Top 5s: 10
Top 10s: 21
Top 15s: 27

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Best Finish: 1st – 2 Times

  • Race 9: Toyota Owners 400 – Richmond
  • Race 15: Quicken Loans 400 – Michigan

Best Start: 1st – 3 Times

  • Race 5: Auto Club 400 – Fontana
  • Race 7: Duck Commander 500 – Texas
  • Race 14: Axalta We Paint Winners 400 – Pocono

Average Finish: 11.12 (5th best)

Average Start: 10.06 (6th best)

 

Laps Run: 9,592 (28th most)

  • 92.01% of total possible season laps
  • Missed first 3 races of the season

Miles Driven: 12,368 (31st most)

  • 89.48% of total possible miles
  • Missed first 3 races of the season

Laps Led: 788 (5th most)

  • 7.56% of total possible season laps
Kurt Busch's Finishes

Kurt Busch’s Finishes

While Kurt Busch’s season got off to a late start, he wasted no time in showing his winning ways. In the 9th race of the year (6th for Busch), he grabbed his first victory. In order to make the Chase, after being granted a waiver, Busch still had to make up the ground to get to 30th in points; a victory alone would not cut it. Then, 6 races later, Busch added another victory to his 2015 resume, all but assuring himself a spot in the Chase. Busch’s average regular season finish was 10.91, and with no DNFs to date and 2 victories, his Chase was looking like it will be pretty good. With his amazing records on all types of tracks during the season, Busch was certainly looking like a favorite to do great things in the Chase.

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Kurt Busch entered with Challenger Round and was off to a great start with a 3rd place finish. His next races were not as good, but it was still enough to earn him an average finish of 13 and a spot in the Contender Round. Based on everyone who finished below him in the Chase thus far, the Contender Round was a place to either make a statement or lose all hope. For Kurt Busch and his average finish of 7, it was more than a statement and it was more than enough for him to stay alive in Chase. Next up would the the Eliminator Round, where some good tracks awaited Busch, like Martinsville. But this time, Martinsville was not a nice to Kurt and he found himself in a hole after the first race of the Eliminator Round. While not a DNF, it was a very poor finish, one that Busch knew would be hard to get out of. Come the next 2 races, Busch finished 7th in both races but was denied a shot at another title. If Phoenix had not been cut short due to rain, one might think Kurt Busch would have been in the final round. Busch finished the Chase with an average finish of 11.6 and after missing 3 races during the year, he sure came back with a punch and made a statement. With a victory on a super speedway and a short track this season, it might come as a shock that those 2 courses were his worst of the season. What could that mean for 2016? Well, it could mean that everyone else needs to watch the 41 crew very closely.

Kurt Busch's Finishes By Track Type

Kurt Busch’s Finishes By Track Type

 

Type Starts Avg. Finish Avg. Start Wins Top 5s Top 10s Top 15s DNF
Intermediate 12 8.83 7.75 0 2 10 11 0
Restrictor Plate 3 9.00 20.33 0 1 2 3 0
Road Course 2 3.50 8.00 0 2 2 2 0
Short Track 10 15.30 10.00 1 2 3 7 0
Super Speedway 6 12.33 10.33 1 3 4 4 0

 

While Kurt Busch may have missed 3 races, he did not let that stop him from having a fantastic season! He was in the top 5 of best average finishes on Intermediate, Restrictor Plate, and Road Courses of all drivers this season, and his victories on a Short Track and Super Speedway made him a real threat in the Chase and it is very likely certain that he will be doing great things in 2016. Congratulations to Kurt Busch on an outstanding season!

Ashley Hobbs

Birthday: 9 March 1989 (so I do not have to update my age each year)
Location: Florida (Jersey native, born and raised)

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