Countdown to Daytona: 34

January 21, 2013, Reid Spencer,

There are 34 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is 34.

The age of former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, who turned 34 on Aug. 4, 2012. Busch, who shares a birthday with 41-year-old Jeff Gordon, is winless in 24 starts in points races at Daytona International Speedway. However, he was instrumental in pushing Penske Racing teammate Ryan Newman to victory in the 50th running of the Daytona 500 in 2008. In 2011, Busch won the Daytona Shootout (now the Sprint Unlimited) exhibition race as well as one of the Duel 150 qualifying races before finishing fifth in the Daytona 500. Busch also won last year’s July NASCAR Nationwide Series event at the 2.5-mile track.