|· The Gander Outdoors 400 will mark Kurt Busch’s 642nd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and 37th career NASCAR Cup Series start at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Busch has one win, eight top-five finishes and 10 top-10s at the concrete mile oval. Additionally, the 40-year-old driver has led 426 laps, has an average starting position of 11.5, an average finish of 18.3, and has completed 92.7 percent (13,362 of 14,415) of the laps he’s contested there.
· Busch has career totals of 30 wins, 26 poles, 136 top-fives, 276 top-10s and 9,361 laps led in 641 career starts.
· His most recent Cup Series win came six races ago in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (Aug. 18, 2018).
· His last Cup Series pole came last week at the Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway Roval(Sept. 28, 2018).
· 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 9,361 laps. He’s 383 laps behind Buddy Baker and 210 laps ahead of 21st-place Denny Hamlin. Busch is fifth among active drivers in laps led.
· Get to the Points – Following his fifth-place finish at the Charlotte roval, Busch is seventh in the NASCAR Cup Series playoff standings with 3,014 points. He has one win, five top-five finishes and 18 top-10s in 29 races this season.
· Busch has been in the top-10 in points for 24 consecutive weeks. The last time he was in the top-10 for 24 consecutive weeks was when he was in the top-10 for the first 27 races of the 2016 season.
· Previous Winner – Busch started second and led 90 of 400 laps at Dover en route to recording his 24th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory Oct. 2, 2011. Busch grabbed the lead from Jimmie Johnson on the final restart and paced the final 42 circuits to win by .908 of a second over Johnson.
· The Las Vegas native has 26 career NASCAR Cup Series poles. Busch has never won a pole at Dover. His best qualifying effort is second, where he has started twice – June 2008 and October 2011.
· Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Dover in September 2000. He started from the pole and led nine laps en route to the win in his only Truck Series start at the track.
· In two NASCAR Xfinity starts at Dover, Busch has finished third in June 2006 and fourth in June 2012.
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