|Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 1032 in Sunday’s Folds of Honor 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Built new for 2016, Chassis No. 1032 debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth in November, when his racecar went from being either too loose or too tight throughout the rain-shortened 293-lap race around the 1.5-mile oval. Since then, Chassis No. 1032 was outfitted with a new front clip and body in preparation for Sunday’s 500-mile race.
|Atlanta Motor Speedway Notes of Interest:
- Kurt Busch has career totals of 29 wins, 21 poles, 126 top-five finishes and 244 top-10s in 577 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts. His most recent NASCAR Cup Series win came Sunday in the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Busch has won at least one race in 14 of his 17 full-time seasons in Cup Series competition.
- Sunday’s Folds of Honor 500 will mark Busch’s 26th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch has one pole, three wins, six top-fives and 11 top-10s at the 1.54-mile oval. Additionally, the 38-year-old driver has led 749 laps, has an average starting position of 15.9, an average finish of 16th, and has completed 92.2 percent (7,461 of 8,090) of the laps he’s contested there.
- The Las Vegas native has one pole to his credit (2016) at Atlanta. Busch has 21 career NASCAR Cup Series poles.
- Three Times a Winner at Atlanta – Busch won his first race at Atlanta in October 2002. He had the strongest car of the afternoon, leading a race-high 84 laps and holding the point when rain stopped the race after 248 of a scheduled 325 laps. His second Atlanta win came in March 2009, when he again had a dominant car, leading 235 of the eventual 330 laps to claim the victory in a green-white-checkered finish. His most-recent Atlanta win came in 2010 when, for the second year in a row, he won the spring race. He was in the lead when a horrific accident sent the race into overtime. He was in the lead during the first green-white-checkered finish, when another accident involving seven cars sent the race into another extended period. He was able to hold on and score the win in the second green-white-checkered finish.
- Busch has made one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at Atlanta. He finished 10th.
- Get to the Points – With his win Sunday in the season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Busch enters Atlanta as the leader in the Cup Series championship standings, 12 points ahead of second-place driver Ryan Blaney.
- Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) at Atlanta – In 27 overall starts at Atlanta, SHR-prepared racecars have earned one win (Tony Stewart in 2010), five top-five finishes and 10 top-10s, have been atop the leaderboard for 726 laps, and have completed 97.2 percent of the laps contested (8,636 of 8,881).
- The No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford will carry decals on the lower-rear quarter panel for:
- Creative Machine Company LLC. Located at 700 Glenwood Place in Dalton, Georgia, Creative Machine Company’s business serves the automotive and textile industry with components such as gears, urethane casters, precision machined shafts and more.
- Schoen Insulation Services. Located at 850 Univeter Road in Canton, Georgia, Schoen Insulation Services is the national leader in the manufacturing of non-metallic machined, turned, and cut parts. Their commitment to quality, service, and competitive pricing has expanded our business worldwide. Their full line of manufacturing equipment coupled with their highly qualified and professional staff are ready to meet your most complex needs. With their attention to detail, modern plant and equipment, and honed ISO 9001:2008 processes, excellence is guaranteed in all of their products.
- Haas Factory Outlet – Phillips, a division of Phillips Corp, an exclusive dealer for Haas Automation CNC machine tools. With its main office at 8500 Triad Drive in Colfax, North Carolina, HFO Greensboro has Haas Factory Outlets in North Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Alabama – including locations at the Spartanburg Community College Haas Technical Education Center in South Carolina, and the Barber Motorsports Museum near Birmingham, Alabama. Each location offers Haas sales, service, training, applications support, and spare parts.
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