|· The Coke Zero Sugar 400 will mark Kurt Busch’s 630th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 35th career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona. Busch has one win, three second-place finishes, seven top-threes, 13 top-fives, 17 top-10s and has led a total of 307 laps in his 34 career, points-paying NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona. His average start is 19.6, his average finish is 17.1 and he has a lap-completion rate of 95 percent, completing 5,689 of the 5,990 laps available.
· Busch has career totals of 29 wins, 24 poles, 134 top-fives, 267 top-10s and 9,161 laps led in 629 starts.
· His most recent Cup Series win came 53 races ago in the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (Feb. 26, 2017).
· His last Cup Series pole came three races ago at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. (June 8).
· Busch’s lone Daytona victory is arguably his biggest NASCAR victory – the 2017 Daytona 500. With a last-lap pass of Kyle Larson in turns one and two of the 2.5-mile oval, Busch won the “Great American Race” in his 17th attempt. In leading the only lap that mattered, Busch scored his first points-paying NASCAR Cup Series win on a restrictor-plate racetrack, giving him victories on every type of circuit the Cup Series visits – short tracks, high-banked ovals, flat tracks and road courses.
· Prior to his Daytona 500 triumph, Busch was already a winner at Daytona. He won the July 2012 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona. He led six times for a race-high 23 laps, taking the lead from Joey Logano on the final lap. Busch has four career Xfinity Series starts at Daytona. Busch owns two non-points wins at Daytona – the 2011 Advance Auto Parts Clash and the 2011 Can-Am Duel qualifying race.
· The Las Vegas native has 24 career Sprint Cup poles. Busch has never won a pole at Daytona. His best start there is third for the 2011 Daytona 500.
· Busch’s first career start at Daytona came on Feb. 18, 2000, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. He qualified his Ford F-150 34th and then drove it to a strong second-place finish behind race-winner Mike Wallace. It remains Busch’s only Truck Series start at Daytona.
· Busch made three IROC Series starts at Daytona and finished second twice (2003 and 2004). He won the 2003 IROC championship by finishing second at Daytona, winning at Talladega, finishing third at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois and fourth in the finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
· 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 now 20th in the laps-led standings, has led 9,161 laps, and he’s 583 laps behind Buddy Baker while he is 79 laps ahead of 21st-place Denny Hamlin. Busch is fifth among active drivers in laps led.
· Get to the Points – With his 17th-place finish last week at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, Busch is seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings with 560 points. He has three top-five finishes, nine top-10s and 12 top-15s in 17 races.
· Busch has been in the top-10 in points for 12 consecutive weeks. The last time he was in the top-10 for 12 consecutive weeks was when he was in the top-10 for the first 27 races of the 2016 season.
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