After making history by becoming the first single-car team to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup, Kurt Busch hasn’t had much success.
He started off the Chase solid with a fourth place finish at Chicagoland Speedway, though fell since then with a 13th at Loudon and a 21st at Dover. As a result, he sits ninth in points, 55 points out of the lead.
“No question, we need to turn things around,” the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet said. “It’s not too late but we can’t have the performances we had the past two weeks. We need to get it together in Kansas.”
However, heading to Kansas Speedway this weekend, there is a solid chance that Busch can turn it around.
“The Kansas track is very smooth and it’s fast so you can be aggressive with shock control, sway bars and other things,” noted Busch. “Kansas is definitely its own animal. It compares more to a Michigan and the smoother race tracks that we run on versus the rough ones like Chicago and Atlanta.”
This season the strong point for Furniture Row Racing has been the intermediate, mile and a half tracks. On the last five Intermediate tracks, he has finished no worse than sixth.
However, on the flip side, he only has three top 10s in 15 starts at Kansas. He also finished 15th there earlier this year.
“The mile-and-a-half tracks like Kansas are so important in the Chase,” said Busch. “You need a strong average finish on these tracks just to make sure you’re holding serve.
“We’ve had some recent success at the mile-and-a-half tracks and what we need right now is another strong finish.”
While Busch looks towards leaving Furniture Row at season’s end for Stewart-Haas Racing, it’d be one big story if Busch could close out the season with a win.