Kurt Busch Has Had Success At Charlotte In The Past

Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball club and the Chicago Bears football team.

The Cubs play 81 games on the road and 81 games at home in Wrigley Field. The Bears play eight games on the road and eight games at home at Soldier Field.

For Busch and the rest of the drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, they’re schedule is a little less balanced as they have 34 “road games” and only two at the home track of most every team – Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

But this Sunday, Busch and the rest of the series are “home” for the Bank of America 500. From 2003 to 2016, the fall event at Charlotte took place Saturday of race weekend but, for 2017, officials decided to move it to Sunday afternoon.

Busch, driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), has had some success at Charlotte as he started second and led 252 of 400 laps there en route to his 222nd NASCAR Cup Series victory on May 30, 2010.

He held off a hard-charging Jamie McMurray to score his only points-paying victory at the 1.5-mile oval. He won the NASCAR All-Star Race the week before, becoming just the seventh driver to win both races in the same year.

Along with the victory, Busch has seven top-five finishes and 12 top-10s at Charlotte.

Busch enjoys racing, and he especially enjoys a home race when they are scheduled. And he would like nothing more than to score his second victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway this Sunday.

KURT BUSCH, Driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

What would it mean to win this weekend at Charlotte?

“Charlotte is always a marquee event, I believe, no matter if it’s the spring or the fall. A lot of bragging rights are on the line because all the race shops are here in Charlotte. It’s just one of those special tracks that is also one of the toughest ones to win on, and we race there so often. There’s the All-Star Race and, for guys who aren’t in the All-Star Race, there’s the Showdown, and we have the 600-miler, the 500-miler, a lot of laps at Charlotte. It kind of makes you feel like the old-school days, that this is your home track and you want to defend it.”

What’s the toughest part about Charlotte?

“The toughest part is always that turn three. If you can get your car to cut properly into turn three, it seems like the racetrack just gives you extra speed. If you struggle in turn three, then that makes for a longer day.”

Talk about the 2010 Coca-Cola 600, when you had such a dominant car.

“Well, to start, we just missed out on the pole. That’s one thing that sticks in my mind. You know how racers are – we want to win them all. That race, we were so good in the daytime that I was afraid of what was going to happen when the sun went down and the track started to change and how the race would play out. I mean, you never really have a good car at the beginning and have it stay underneath you for the nighttime. It’s just the way you’ve always seen that race play out. But that car was that good. It was what we saw with it in the All-Star Race the week before. It was fast during both of those weekends. So it’s amazing how you can stumble across little things that make all the difference in the world. Again, I was leading the beginning of the race, just pacing myself. The car was so good in the daytime and I literally thought we would end up a lap down at night because cars never stay the same as the race goes on. But it worked out and we got the win in the 600.”

Monster Energy/Haas Automation Racing Team Report
Round 30 of 36 –  Bank of America 500 – Charlotte


Car No.: 41 – Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion


PR Contact: Catlin Berry, True Speed Communication (704) 875-3388 ext. 814 or Catlin.Berry@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)

Primary Team Members:
Driver: Kurt Busch
Hometown: Las Vegas
Crew Chief: Tony Gibson
Hometown: Daytona Beach, Florida
Car Chief: Chad Haney
Hometown: Fairmont, West Virginia

Engine Builder: Roush-Yates Engines
Headquarters: Mooresville, North Carolina


Engine Specialist: Todd Hamm
Hometown: Kutztown, Pennsylvania


Spotter: Tony Raines
Hometown: LaPorte, Indiana

Over-The-Wall Crew Members:
Gas Man: Rick Pigeon
Hometown: Fairfax, Vermont
Front Tire Changer: Shane Pipala
Hometown: Frankfort Square, Illinois

Second Gas Man: Matt Schlytter

Hometown: Ponte Vedra, Florida

Front Tire Carrier: Jon Bernal
Hometown: Holland, Michigan
Windshield: Jay Guarneri (also serves as interior mechanic)
Hometown: Naples, Florida
Rear Tire Changer: Coleman Dollarhide
Hometown: Hickory, North Carolina
Jackman: Sean Cotten
Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina
Rear Tire Carrier: Dwayne Moore
Hometown: Griffin, Georgia
Road Crew Members:
Truck Driver: Todd Cable and Rocky Boggs
Hometowns: Shelby, North Carolina, and Burlington, North Carolina
Tire Specialist: Jeff Zarrella
Hometown: Southington, Connecticut
Shock Specialist: Brian Holshouser
Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina
Engineers: Johnny Klausmeier and Mike Cook
Hometowns: Perry Hall, Maryland, and Annapolis, Maryland

Mechanic: J.D. Frey
Hometown: Ferndale, California


Mechanic: Andy Spenner
Hometown: Hoyleton, Illinois
Chassis No. 12:
Kurt Busch will pilot Chassis No. 12 in Saturday’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is a new chassis that has not been raced before. ​​
Charlotte Notes of Interest:

·   The Bank of America 500 will mark Busch’s 606th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 35th at Charlotte. Busch has one win, seven top-five finishes and 12 top-10s at the 1.5-mile oval. Additionally, the 39-year-old driver has led 624 laps, has an average starting position of 19.5, an average finish of 17.6 and has completed 92 percent (11,218 of 12,188) of the laps he’s contested there.


·   Busch has career total totals of 29 wins, 21 poles, 130 top-fives, 256 top-10s and 8,874 laps led in 605 starts.


·   His most recent Cup Series win came 29 races ago in the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (Feb. 26).


·   His last Cup Series pole came 61 races ago at Las Vegas Motor Speedway(March 4, 2016).


·   Previous Winner – Busch started second and led 252 of 400 laps at Charlotte en route to recording his 22nd NASCAR Cup Series victory on May 30, 2010.Busch held off a hard-charging Jamie McMurray to score his only points-paying victory at Charlotte. He won the NASCAR All-Star Race the week before, becoming just the seventh driver to win both races in the same year.


·   The Las Vegas native has 21 career NASCAR Cup Series poles. Busch has never won a pole at Charlotte. His best start there is second, where he has started three times (October 2005, and May 2010 and 2013).


·   In two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Charlotte, Busch has a best finish of second in May 2006.


·   Thus Far in 2017 – Busch has accumulated one win, five top-five finishes and 13 top-10s in 29 starts.


·   Get to the Points – With his 20th-place finish last Sunday at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Busch is 16th in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings with 2,044 points.

Haas Automation Partner Notes:

·   The No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion will carry decals on the lower-rear quarter panel for:


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