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Kurt Busch looking to evaluate much data from the No.41 car as possible by eyeing another decent run at New Hampshire

After finishing 7th at Kentucky a few days ago, Kurt Busch wanted more than just a Top 10 finish when he resumes work at New Hampshire on Friday.

He’s hoping to ensure that he runs well in both practices & qualifying to make the most of his race day plan this Sunday.

Race Recap

Kurt Busch struggled to maximize his No.41 car with a tight condition as he dropped down from 9th to 10th in the first 30-40 laps.

He’s feeling a bit better with the car when he took the lead while the green flag pit cycle still plays out.

Then he took a late stop on Lap 60 before finishing 14th at the end of Stage 1.

The result didn’t bother him for the first time as he seeks an overall finish on the run home.

When Kurt Busch made his 2nd stop during the stage break, the No.41 crew added only two-tires which paid off big time as he restarted from 2nd.

He’s felt tight over the last two corners where at one point, he lost the lead to Martin Truex Jr.

But he’s still in a high position with the two-tire gamble as he’s much comfortable at Turns 1 & 2.

Having seen Alex Bowman crash out, he saw an excellent opportunity to get the full adjustment done where he finished 7th towards the halfway mark.

Then Kurt Busch ran the final stage problem-free as his two-tire strategy helped him maintain his Top 10 run in 7th.

Kurt Busch’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season so far.

  • 19 Events
  • 5103 of 5407 laps completed, 96%
  • 329 laps led
  • Best Finish: 2nd, GEICO 500 at Talladega on Sunday
  • Three Top 5, 15.8%
  • Ten Top 10 finishes, 52.6%
  • Average Start: 9.1 & Finish: 13.4
  • DNFs: Three
  • He currently sits 7th in the Drivers’ Standings with 601 points

Results

  • 26th, Daytona 500 (DNF)
  • 8th, Atlanta
  • 35th, Las Vegas (DNF)
  • 10th, Phoenix
  • 14th, Fontana
  • 11th, Martinsville
  • 7th, Fort Worth
  • 22nd, Bristol
  • 11th, Richmond
  • 2nd, Talladega
  • 5th, Dover
  • 8th, Kansas & Charlotte
  • 19th, Pocono
  • 3rd, Michigan
  • 6th, Sonoma
  • 17th, Chicago
  • 37th, Daytona 2 (DNF)
  • 7th, Kentucky

Conclusion

Kurt Busch would’ve like to maintain his Top 10 run in all three stages to gain bonus points.

That’s where he could’ve gained a bit of an advantage if he had won a race this year.

Let’s talk about his victory lane hopes a little later.

Initially, it’s a slow and challenging run to get the No.41 up to speed where he dropped a few places in Stage 1.

But as the strategy game plays out, balancing out the No.41 car with a mix of used & old tires helped Kurt Busch battle in the Top 10.

He posted excellent lap times with outstanding long run speeds which contributed to Ku. Busch’s 7th place finish.

Now having seen the data from Saturday’s race, Kurt Busch willing to make the most of the No.41 car when it comes to racing at New Hampshire later this week.

He’s hoping to make a decent run through practice & qualifying because running in all sessions will help Billy Scott identify which strategies are best for Ku. Busch to gamble this Sunday.

The faster the No.41 car is, the better will be to try & pull off his first win since the 2017 Daytona 500.

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