Daytona Beach, Fla – Kurt Busch has made 576 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts over the course of his 17 year career, and among those 576 starts are 28 trips to victory lane. He’s won a lot of big races and even the 2004 series championship as well. But, one thing for some reason has always eluded Busch in his NASCAR career – a win at Daytona.
Busch, has never won at the high banked 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, and in fact, the Las Vegas native has never won a points paying Cup restrictor plate race during the course of his career. Now, he’s hoping that ends on Sunday.
Busch, has been close at Daytona, finishing runner-up three times in the Daytona 500 alone. He also has eight top fives in the July race to go along with five top fives in the Daytona 500, to give him 13 total top fives in points paying races at Daytona. The only thing missing – a win at Daytona or Talladega.
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver is primed and ready to make a trip to victory lane in Sunday’s Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN). He’s had the stats to do so but hasn’t had the luck to make it there. Maybe, this is the year it happens.
Busch’s team made the switch to Ford engines in the offseason and so far, it’s been great for them as a whole. He made five Daytona 500 starts in a Ford previously, all in his first five Daytona 500 starts, and had three top four finishes including two runner-ups.
Now, he’s going to have a great shot on Sunday, one that I think he can overcome and win.