Chase Capsules: Kurt Busch


41 – Kurt Busch
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
Crew Chief: Daniel Knost
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championships: 1 (2004)
Chase History: 8th Chase Appearance, Best finish of 1st in 2004

Regular Season Recap: Starting slow and taking methodical steps forward has been the story for Kurt Busch this year, in his return to a top-flight team after two years spent overachieving with the Phoenix Racing and Furniture Row Racing squads. The fourth Stewart-Haas Racing team, the No. 41, had several reliability issues that plagued the first half of his season; Busch had five DNFs and ranked a season-low 28th in the points after the Coca-Cola 600, the 12th round of the season. Most of that time frame he also had the Indianapolis 500 on his mind, in what has been one of the stories of the season. But hey, he did bank a win early at Martinsville, which was enough to put him in the Chase and key considering this new team hasn’t fully hit its stride yet.

Chris’ Take: Growing pains with a new team and a host of problems on the track marred the first half of the year for Kurt Busch, but it would seem that by this time, everyone on the 41 team should have found their rhythm together by now. And with the Hendrick power on hand, I have a hunch that the Outlaw could be a dark horse.

However, while he’s ran better in the second half of 2014, he still isn’t as consistent a Top-10 finisher as he needs to be in this stretch. Advancing from the Challenger Round should be easy enough, but I can see him being a guy that would need a win in that final Contender Round event at Talladega to move on – and I’m not sure he could get it.

Jerry’s Take: It’s been a rough season for Kurt Busch. Other than his early-season win at Martinsville, he’s literally been off the map more times than on. There’s no question he has talent; he’s a former Cup champion, earning the crown in the first year of the Chase’s existence. But this season has been such a struggle that we honestly don’t see him getting very far in the playoffs. Maybe, just maybe, he can somehow advance to the second round, but that’s where things stop. We don’t see a Cinderella story in Busch’s future at all.

Tony’s Take: Like brother Kyle, Kurt Busch has been rather inconsistent throughout the 2014 season, although unlike Kyle, you’d expect it from Kurt given the fourth SHR team is a new one and takes time to gel. Whether it’s been on pit road or under the hood, few things have gone right for Kurt during this season, after a year in which he performed a memorable underdog run to the Chase with the single-car Furniture Row outfit.

So how will his Chase go? About the same, I’d think. But he could well advance further than you’d think assuming he shook all the bad luck in the first third of the year Just look at his run post-the Coca-Cola 600; only two finishes outside the top-20 with three third-place results have moved him up seven spots in the points.

Kurt Busch’s Career Statistics at Chase Tracks
Chicagoland (1.5 mile) – No wins, 1 Top-5, 7 Top-10s in 13 starts
New Hampshire (1 mile) – Three wins, 7 Top-5s, 11 Top-10s in 27 starts
Dover (1 mile) – One wins, 6 Top-5s, 8 Top-10s in 28 starts
Kansas (1.5 mile) – No wins, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10s in 17 starts
Charlotte (1.5 mile) – One wins, 6 Top-5s, 7 Top-10s in 28 starts
Talladega (2.66 mile) – No wins, 6 Top-5s, 13 Top-10s in 27 starts
Martinsville (half-mile) – Two wins, 3 Top-5s, 5 Top-10s in 28 starts
Texas (1.5-mile) – One win, 3 Top-5s, 12 Top-10s in 23 starts
Phoenix (1 mile) – One wins, 5 Top-5s, 12 Top-10s in 23 starts
Homestead-Miami (1.5 mile) – One wins, 4 Top-5, 5 Top-10s in 13 starts

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

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POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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