|· The Go Bowling at The Glen will mark Kurt Busch’s 634th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 18th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Busch has one pole, three top-five finishes and eight top-10s at the road course. Additionally, the 40-year-old driver has led 65 laps, has an average starting position of 12.8, an average finish of 16.6, and has completed 93.2 percent (1,430 of 1,534) of the laps he’s contested there.
· Busch has career totals of 29 wins, 25 poles, 134 top fives, 270 top-10s and 9,311 laps led in 633 career starts.
· His most recent Cup Series win came 57 races ago in the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (Feb. 26, 2017).
· His last Cup Series pole came two races ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon (July 20, 2018).
· The Las Vegas native won the pole for the 2006 race at Watkins Glen. Busch has 25 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series poles.
· Busch’s only road-course win came at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway in 2011. It was a dominant victory as he led a race-high 76 laps. Busch passed Denny Hamlin for the lead on lap 13 and stayed out front for the next 19 circuits around the 1.99-mile track. He relinquished the lead twice for scheduled, green-flag pit stops and took over the top spot for the final time on lap 88, leading the final 23 laps.
· Busch swept the poles for both road-course races during the 2006 NASCAR Cup Series season. He won the pole at Sonoma in June to score his fifth career Cup Series pole and kept his quick pace at the series’ second and final road-course stop at Watkins Glen in August to earn his sixth career pole. These are the only two Cup Series poles Busch has earned on a road course.
· Busch has three NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at Watkins Glen (2006, 2007 and 2011). He started first in each of them, won in 2006 and 2011, and finished third in 2007. In these three races, Busch led 98 of the 250 laps available (39.2 percent).
· Busch has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on road courses – Portland (Ore.) International Raceway and Watkins Glen. Both starts came in 2000, with Busch finishing 11th at Portland and second at Watkins Glen.
· 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 9,311 laps, and he’s 433 laps behind Buddy Baker while he is 224 laps ahead of 21st-place Denny Hamlin. Busch is fifth among active drivers in laps led.
· Get to the Points – With his ninth-place finish Sunday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Busch is sixth in the NASCAR Cup Series championship standings with 677 points. He has three top-five finishes, 12 top-10s and 15 top-15s in 21 races.
· Busch has been in the top-10 in points for 16 consecutive weeks. The last time he was in the top-10 for 16 consecutive weeks was when he was in the top-10 for the first 27 races of the 2016 season.
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