On the Hot Seat: Kurt Busch is the first in a series of articles designed to examine drivers who might find themselves in a different spot in the 2022 season. This may be due to contract prospects, developments in the sport, or evolving interests.
Kurt Busch has been a mainstay in the NASCAR Cup Series for over two decades. The Las Vegas, Nevada native has had a tumultuous career seeing him drive for close to half a dozen teams. Going into the 2021 season the elder Busch brother has logged 32 wins, 150 top-fives, and 315 top-tens. He is the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series Champion and the winner of the 2017 Daytona 500. Despite a Hall of Fame-worthy resume, 2021 finds Kurt Busch in possibly the hottest seat of his entire career.
A first Las Vegas win for Kurt Busch in the South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway advances him to the Round of 8 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.
With the opening round of the 2020 Cup Series Playoffs in the books, the show moves out west for a 400-mile race in Las Vegas. The playoff standings are extremely close coming into the race with a few surprising drivers already fighting to move on. Teams look forward to this event as an opportunity to gain points or even win a race before everyone heads to Talladega Superspeedway.
Kurt Busch hits jackpot by winning the NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 on Sunday at his home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
With a career record of 0-for-21 coming into Sunday night’s South Point 400 at his hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch may have felt like a ‘long shot.’ But with fortunate track position late in the race and some sure-bet restarts at the front of the field, Busch can now count himself a Vegas winner.
After a couple of long, tension-packed finishes at Daytona and Las Vegas, the Auto Club 400 was significantly more subdued for the NASCAR Cup Series. The third stage ran 80 laps without a caution, and Alex Bowman cruised to his second career win by nearly ten seconds over Kyle Busch. Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski. While race number three of the season wasn’t nearly as eventful or full of action as the first two, it still wasn’t too hard to differentiate the good weekends from the bad.
The pit stop during the break between the first and second stages of Sunday’s Auto Club 400 certainly didn’t go the way Kurt Busch or his No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing team had planned it.
Under caution on lap 63, Busch missed his pit stall, failed to get service and had to return to pit road to correct the mistake a lap later. From fifth at the end of the stage, Busch dropped to the back of the lead-lap cars for the subsequent restart on lap 67.