Kurt Busch Grabs Second Top Ten Of 2018

Kurt Busch

Date: March 11, 2018

Event: TicketGuardian 500k (Round 4 of 36)

Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Location: ISM Raceway near Phoenix (mile oval)

Format: 312 laps, broken into three stages (75 laps/75 laps/162 laps)

Start/Finish: 23rd/10th (Running, completed 312 of 312 laps)

Point Standing: 11th (117 points, 51 behind leader Kevin Harvick)

 

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner: Kurt Busch of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

 

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-75):

● Busch started 23rd and finished eighth, collecting three bonus points.

● The No. 41 Mobil 1/Haas Automation Ford Fusion went from 23rd to 16th before the first caution on lap 25.

● Pitted on lap 27 for four tires and fuel.

● By lap 40, Busch was up to 12th.

 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 76-150):

● Busch started 11th and won Stage 2, collecting 10 bonus points and a playoff point.

● The 2004 Cup Series champion pitted on lap 79 for four tires and fuel but no changes to the racecar.

● While fifth, Busch pitted on lap 123 for four tires and fuel and rejoined the raced in fifth.

● After a late caution, some leaders decided to pit and Busch found himself in first place. On a one-lap restart, Busch held off Brad Keselowski and won Stage 2.

 

Final Stage Recap (Laps 151-312):

● Started 24th and finished 10th.

● Busch pitted on lap 153 for four tires and fuel.

● While in 18th, Busch pitted under caution on a lap 192 for four tires and fuel. He restarted on lap 198 in 15th.

● Busch pitted on lap 259 for four tires and fuel while running 11th.

● The No. 41 Mobil 1/Haas Automation Ford Fusion finished the race 10th.

 

Notes:

● This was Busch’s second top-10 of 2018 and his 18th top-10 in 31 career Cup Series starts at Phoenix.

● Busch led once for six laps to bring his laps-led total at Phoenix to 757.

● Busch finished eighth in Stage 1 to earn three bonus points. He won Stage 2 to earn an additional 10 bonus points and one playoff point.

● There were six caution periods for a total of 36 laps.

● Kevin Harvick won his 40th career Cup Series race, which puts him in a tie with NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin for 18th on the all-time NASCAR Cup Series win list.

● This was Harvick’s third Cup Series win of 2018 and his series-best ninth at Phoenix.

● Harvick’s margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch in the TicketGuardian 500k was .774 of a second.

● This is the first time SHR has placed all four of its drivers in the top-10 in a single race.

 

Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 41 Mobil 1/Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“The car responded well to my steering and gas inputs. I was a little slow on restarts, but I love being able to lean on the right-rear tire and make passes later in the run. Our strategy unfolded the best it could have to win Stage 2 and get back in the top-10. We just didn’t run the same lap times we did at the end as we did at the beginning of the race, but all in all it was a good day.”

 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Auto Club 400 on Sunday, March 18 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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