Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch ready for Michigan

Kurt Busch has had some success in June in recent years. His sole victory in 2016 was the Pocono 400, and one of the two races he won in 2015 was the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, where he’ll return along with the rest of NASCAR’s top drivers when the FireKeepers Casino 400 airs Sunday on FS1.

Busch’s luck began early this season as he drove to victory at the Daytona 500, accomplishing a feat that all drivers hope for at some point in their career. He followed that up a week later with a seventh- place finish at Atlanta, and at the time of this writing, had five top-ten finishes thus far in the 2017 season.

Kurt Busch is the older brother of Kyle Busch. Both grew up in Las Vegas, with Kyle following in his older brother’s footsteps. Kurt has driven for a number of racing teams since coming on the scene with Roush Racing in 2000, and was a Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2001. His best years have been with Roush, including his Cup championship in 2004. He signed with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2013.

The team switched manufacturers to Ford prior to the season and Busch responded with his Daytona 500 victory. Ford has not represented a Cup champion since Busch’s 2004 title. After two years of finishing in the Top 10 at season’s end, Busch was ranked 15th at the time of this writing, and has some catching up to do in order to contend for the post-season.

Kurt Thomas Busch


Born: Aug. 4, 1978

Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada

Height/Weight: 5 foot 11 inches/160 pounds

Team: Stewart-Haas Racing

No.: 41

Cup Wins/Poles: 29/21

Honors and Achievements:  Daytona 500 winner, 2017; Nextel Cup (now Monster Energy) Champion, 2004; NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year, 2000

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd

Dan Ladd is a freelance sports writer who works out of Gracenote’s Queensbury, NY office.

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