Stock Car Racing
#41 Kurt Busch
|Crew Chief||Tony Gibson|
|Hometown||Las Vegas, Nev.|
|Birthday||AUG 4, 1978|
Kurt Busch’s return to Ford couldn’t have gone much better.
After being away for 11 years Busch returned to Ford as part of Stewart-Haas Racing and promptly won the season-opening Daytona 500. That marked his first win in “The Great American Race” and qualified him for the season-ending 10-race Playoffs.
Busch, who finished 14th in the point standings a year ago, is the last Ford driver to win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. He achieved that in 2004 while driving for car owner Jack Roush and did it in dramatic fashion, overcoming a bizarre sequence that saw a wheel come off his No. 97 Sharpie Taurus at speed during the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Fortunately, it occurred near the entrance of pit road and Busch was able to come in without losing ground to his championship rivals. He finished fifth that day to win the title by eight points over Jimmie Johnson.
Busch got his start for Roush in 2000 with a full-time ride in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but he was such a quick study that a limited Cup schedule was also incorporated near the end of the season. Busch, who won four times and finished second in the Truck Series, competed in seven Cup events and resulted in Roush deciding to move him there full-time in 2001 – bypassing the traditional next step of running in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
- Busch made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Dover on Sept. 24, 2000 and finished 18th.
- After leaving Roush, Busch drove six seasons for Team Penske and one year for James Finch before moving to Furniture Row Racing full-time late in the 2012 season. He joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 and has won four times while also qualifying for the Chase in each of his three seasons.
- Won at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for 10 consecutive seasons (2002-11).
DID YOU KNOW?
Kurt Busch was the first driver to use NASCAR’s digital dash when it became approved for competition during the 2015 season. He used the device that became mandatory for all teams in 2016 during the annual Southern 500 at Darlington on Sept. 6, 2015.