|· The Kentucky 400 will mark Kurt Busch’s 631st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his eighth career NASCAR Cup Series start at Kentucky. Busch has one top-five, four top-10s and has led a total of 51 laps in his seven career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kentucky. His average start is 12.0, his average finish is 12.9 and he has a 99.5 percent lap-completion rate, 1,866 of 1,876 laps available.
· Busch has career totals of 29 wins, 24 poles, 134 top-fives, 267 top-10s and 9,161 laps led in 630 career starts.
· His most recent Cup Series win came 54 races ago in the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (Feb. 26, 2017).
· His last Cup Series pole came four races ago at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn (June 8).
· Personal Best – Busch’s best NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky came in 2016. In that year’s Kentucky 400, Busch qualified third and led once for 10 laps before finishing fourth. The third-place qualifying effort equaled his best at Kentucky, first earned in the inaugural Cup Series race in 2011. And his fourth-place finish was his best at the track, topping his previous best of sixth secured in the 2013 race.
· Check It Off The List – When Busch finished fourth in 2016 at Kentucky, he succeeded in earning a top-five finish at every track the NASCAR Cup Series visits.
· Busch has two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Kentucky, both during the series’ two visits to the Bluegrass State in 2012. Busch’s best finish is second, earned in the June race that year.
· Busch’s first career start at Kentucky came on June 17, 2000 in the track’s inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. It was a rough outing for the Truck Series rookie as he qualified his Ford F-150 32nd and finished 29th. But before an accident ended his race on lap 112, Busch led 12 laps. It remains Busch’s only Truck Series start at Kentucky.
· 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, having 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 37th-place finish last week at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Busch is seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings with 566 points. He has three top-five finishes, nine top-10s and 12 top-15s in 18 races.
· Busch has been in the top-10 in points for 13 consecutive weeks. The last time he was in the top-10 for 13 consecutive weeks was when he was in the top-10 for the first 27 races of the 2016 season.
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