Kurt Busch will reach a milestone this weekend when he competes in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Busch, 41, enters this week sitting on 699 career starts in the Cup Series. The 2004 Series champion will become just the 16th driver to reach the 700-start milestone in NASCAR’s top series.
“Twenty years at the top-tier of NASCAR is pretty special. I’ve been blessed to have had this opportunity; being able to have raced with a lot of great race teams over the years. It’s amazing how 700 adds-up so fast. Tons of great sponsors, great team owners, great crew guys and great friends.
700 starts; that is one of those stats where you know that it has been a long run, but I know I’ve still got some more. I got into the sport at a young age, where guys like Jeff Gordon cut the rope down for young guys like me to have an opportunity. It has been interesting to see the sport change so much over the last 20 years, I feel like I can connect easily to the past, yet still have an opportunity to teach some of the new kids.”
Some of the highlights in Busch’s career include his first career win at Bristol in 2002, the 2010 All-Star Race, a win in the 2010 Coca-Cola 600, his first road-course win at Sonoma in 2011 and the 2017 Daytona 500.
Busch currently sits 10th in the Cup Series point standings recording three top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 15 starts this season.