Saturday, Jun 03

NSCS: Kurt Busch Excited About Moving On From Past

Kurt Busch has had many successes at Furniture Row Racing since he moved over last season driving the No. 78. Kurt has not earned the racing team a win yet for them, but is coming close real soon to grab that victory and snap a 69 race winless streak. 

Kurt Busch made NASCAR history couple weeks ago at the Richmond International Raceway after making Furniture Row Racing the first single car operation to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He has led the team to earn nine top-fives, 14 top-10s, and one pole earlier this year. Last season, he made six starts in the last six races where he earned the team three top-10 finishes the last three weeks of the season.

With a small team like Furniture Row Racing, parts may not be the best of quality as teams like Hendrick Motorsports, Roush-Fenway Racing or Penske Racing. At Chicagoland Speedway, half the other chase teams had problems after going back racing after the long delay with rain. Kurt gets through those difficult situations by making educated decisions on what’s going to happen next with his race car.

After Richmond, Kurt showed a lot of emotion during his ESPN interview after he got out of his race car. The emotion came from his girlfriend’s eight year old boy named Houston. He has full-filled his dreams of racing go carts, playing video games, camping, fishing, and all the other dreams 8-year-olds dream of doing. One of the things on that list he has not had a chance to do, and that is for Kurt to win the race and get to go to victory lane.

“You know, with this small team, it’s a big accomplishment, and for me It’s very satisfying to have bounced back and put this group in Chase contention. It’s like a top-five moment of my career, with a championship, and big wins, consistency over the years, making seven out of 10 Chases, this year was a significant top-five type moment.”

After this season, Kurt will move over to Stewart-Hass Racing where he will be accompanied by Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick. With no drivers as teammates this year, Kurt will receive help from his brother Kyle or future teammate Kevin Harvick.

With many of the controversies surrounding teammates, Kurt believes that they are to help you six out of seven days a week. On Sunday it should be every driver for themselves no matter what the situation may develop.

Kurt has made a total of 462 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. In those starts, he has made the chase seven out of 10 times, one championship, 24 wins, 98 top-five, and 188 top-10 finishes. He is always one of the favorites to win going into every race this year.

Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America

Brett Winningham

Brett has been following the sport of NASCAR since the beginning of the 2006 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Since Brett was 13, he has had a passion of chasing a job in sports that not many get the opportunity of doing. He has been in the NASCAR media since the middle of the 2010 season. Since then, he has been a part of many racing podcast shows to improve his talents. You can find him on twitter @NASCAR_Brett.


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