Kurt Busch through the years
By NASCAR.com staff | Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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Kurt Busch celebrates after winning a 1999 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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While running the Truck Series full time for owner Jack Roush in 2000, Kurt Busch moved into Roush's John Deere Ford Cup Series machine late in the year, replacing Chad Little.
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In 2001, Kurt Busch continued to drive the No. 97 Roush Racing Rubbermaid/Sharpie Ford Taurus.
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Kurt Busch celebrates his first Cup victory March 24, 2002, during the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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Kurt Busch finished the 2002 season, just his second-full-time season in NASCAR's premier series, in third place. His win at the fall Martinsville race was one of four victories, 12 top fives and 20 top-10 finishes that season.
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Ricky Craven edged Kurt Busch by .002 seconds, the closest finish in NASCAR premier series history in 2003 at Darlington Raceway.
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Kurt Busch made the inaugural playoff field in 2004. The first class is (L-R) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson, Elliott Sadler, Jeremy Mayfield, Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman and Mark Martin.
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Working with crew chief Jimmy Fennig, who also called the shots in the heartbreaking loss at Darlington, Kurt Busch won the 2004 championship.
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In 2006, Kurt Busch moved from Roush Racing to Team Penske, where he worked alongside teammate Ryan Newman.
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Taking over the No. 2 'Blue Deuce' after Rusty Wallace retired was a tall order for Kurt Busch, who took five races to put the No. 2 in Victory Lane -- March 26, 2006, at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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Kurt Busch practically owned Bristol from 2002 to 2004, winning four of the six races there and finishing in the top 10 in the other two.
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Kurt Busch moved to Furniture Row Racing in 2012, taking over for Regan Smith beginning at the 2012 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte. Busch stayed with the organization through 2013.
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In 2014, Kurt Busch began his tenure with Stewart-Haas Racing, joining teammate/owner Tony Stewart.
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2015 was a very good year for Kurt Busch, as he finished the season in eighth place -- his best finish since 2009 -- and got engaged to Ashley Van Metre.
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Kurt Busch helped brother Kyle celebrate the younger sibling's first premier series championship in 2015 -- a remarkable comeback from devastating injuries in the season-opening NASCAR Xfinity Series race.
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The Stewart-Haas Racing wheelman earned his first Daytona 500 win -- and sole win at the 2.5-mile track -- by taking the lead on the final lap. This marked his first win in a restrictor-plate event, as well.
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Kurt Busch set a record in qualifying on Nov. 3, 2017 at Texas Motor Speedway when he turned a lap in the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford at 200.915 mph, topping Tony Stewart's previous mark of 200.111 mph.
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Kurt Busch arrives at the 2017 NASCAR Awards in Las Vegas with wife Ashley Van Metre. The two married before the 2017 season.
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On Dec. 12, 2017, Kurt Busch said he had reached a new deal with Stewart-Haas Racing to wheel the No. 41 Ford. The 2018 campaign would be his fifth season with SHR.
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A win in the Bristol Night Race locked Busch into the Monster Energy Series Playoffs in 2018. He made it through to the Round of 8 in his fifth season with Stewart-Haas Racing. Busch recorded six top-five and 22 top-10 finishes on the year, good for a 12.1 average finish. The win was the 30th of his Monster Energy Series career.
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After five seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch and Monster Energy will make the move to Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019, replacing Jamie McMurray in the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Busch earned six victories and made the playoffs all five years with SHR.