|· The FireKeepers Casino 400 will mark Kurt Busch’s 627th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 35th at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Busch has two poles, three wins, five top-five finishes and 11 top-10s at the 2-mile oval. Additionally, the 39-year-old driver has led 448 laps, has an average starting position of 13.0, an average finish of 19.5, and has completed 88.9 percent (5,902 of 6,641) of the laps he’s contested there
· Busch has career total totals of 29 wins, 23 poles, 133 top-fives, 265 top-10s and 9,094 laps led in 626 starts.
· His most recent Cup Series win came 50 races ago in the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (Feb. 26, 2017).
· His last Cup Series pole came eight races ago at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth(April 6).
· The Las Vegas native has two poles to his credit (May 2010 and 2011) at Michigan.Busch has 23 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles.
· Busch has two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Michigan with a best finish of third earned in June 2012.
· Busch has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at Michigan with a best finish of second earned in July 2000.
· 9,000 and counting – By leading 98 laps in the April race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway, Busch became just the 21st driver to lead 9,000 laps in his NASCAR career. He is currently six laps shy of 9,100.
· Three Times a Winner – Busch has raced his way to victory lane at Michigan three times in the NASCAR Cup Series and is tied with Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson for the most wins among active drivers there. Busch’s first win came in June 2003, when he snatched the lead from Jeff Gordon with 24 laps to go en route to claiming his seventh Cup Series victory. His second Michigan win came in August 2007. Busch took the lead at the halfway point of the race and then dominated the second half, leading 92 of 203 laps. He held off the field in overtime to claim his 17th Cup Series victory. Busch scored his most recent Michigan victory in June 2015. He overcame adversity, winning the rain-shortened event after starting 24th in a backup racecar. He led six laps en route to his 27th career Cup Series victory.
· Get to the Points – With his 19th-place finish last week at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Busch is seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings with 447 points. He has two top-fives, seven top-10s and 10 top-15s in 14 races.
· Busch has been in the top-10 in points for nine consecutive weeks. The last time he was in the top-10 for nine consecutive weeks was when he was in the top-10 for the first 27 races of the 2016 season.
· The No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion will have a these very special partners this weekend at Michigan:
Fitz Manufacturing (http://www.fitzmanufacturing.com/index.html) Located at 324 Robbins Drivein Troy, Michigan, Fitz Manufacturing was founded in 1977 with two manual machines and has grown to 40,000 square feet of shop floor, which testifies to its commitment to its craft and the quality control that guarantees its customers 100 percent satisfaction. The Fitz Manufacturing Team has more than 100 combined years of machining experience. With that knowledge comes the expertise required to get the job done right the first time.
Precision Components (http://pctooling.com) Located at 324 Robbins Drive in Troy, Michigan, Precision Components is committed to producing the highest quality machine tools. This commitment is demonstrated not only by the quality of its products and personal service, but also by its dedication to developing new products that allow its customers to take advantage of today’s rapidly advancing technologies, such as rigid tapping.
Haas Factory Outlet Flat Rock, a division of Gerotech, Inc., (www.gerotechinc.com) Located at 29220 Commerce Drive in Flat Rock, Michigan, HFO Flat Rock is the exclusive Haas Automation CNC machine tool distributor for the Michigan Lower Peninsula “mitten.” HFOs provide factory-trained technicians, training, and excellent after-sales support. Gerotech also supports manufacturing education through the Haas Technical Education Centers at Michigan State University and Henry Ford Community College, among others.
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