Former NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch continues habit of fast starts with new teams

Driver Kurt Busch snatched his first top 5 finish for his new team Chip Ganassi Racing in only his second race with the team.

Busch finished 3rd in Sunday’s Fold of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The race also marked his 650th start in NASCAR’s premier series. Busch has had a positive habit of starting off strong with news teams.

When he arrived at Team Penske in 2006, Busch won the pole position in the second race of season at Auto Club Speedway. He then won in his fifth start for the team at Bristol Motor Speedway after putting the bump and run on Matt Kenseth in the closing stages of the race.

In 2012, when Busch moved to the small operation of Phoenix Racing, he scored a top 10 finish at Auto Club Speedway in only his fifth start.

The next season he went to Furniture Row Racing and finished fourth in his fourth start at Bristol and fifth in his fifth start at Auto Club.

A year later in 2014, Busch won in his sixth race for the team at Martinsville after a classic short track duel between him and Jimmie Johnson over the last 20 laps.

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moves to Busch’s hometown, Las Vegas, for this weekend’s Pennzoil 400. Can Busch keep up the good start to his season?

Catch Busch this Sunday in the #1 Chevy Camaro. Busch will be running a special “Star Nursery” paint scheme this weekend commemorating his Southwest Series car 20 years ago.

Kurt Busch in the #1 ComSurv Chevy leads Kevin Harvick’s #4 Busch Ford

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