Kurt Busch Leads Stewart-Haas Racing To Atlanta

autoclubspeedway_nscs_practice_0322141Kurt Busch will attempt to tie Jimmie Johnson for the active Atlanta Motor Speedway wins lead when he goes for his fourth victory at the 1.54-mile track in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

In addition to his three wins, Busch claims five top fives and 10 top 10s in 24 Atlanta starts. He owns the fifth-best average finish (14.7) and driver rating (94.3) among active drivers at Atlanta. Busch kicked off the season with a 10th-place showing in the Daytona 500.

Busch’s teammate Kevin Harvick is no slouch in the Peach State either. He has one win, six top fives and 10 top 10s in 25 career starts at Atlanta, including seven top-10 finishes in his last nine starts there. The No. 4 Chevrolet driver has led 311 of 660 laps (47.1%) in the last two races at AMS.

In 2001, Harvick earned his first career win at Atlanta in his third race after replacing the late Dale Earnhardt. He beat Jeff Gordon to the start/finish line by 0.006 seconds – the fifth-closest margin of victory in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history.

SHR’s Danica Patrick posted a career-best sixth-place showing at Atlanta in 2014, tying her with Janet Guthrie for the highest NSCS finish by a female in history.