DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 14: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's 75 Toyota, drives during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2016 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Feb. 26, 2016

By Reid Spencer
NASCAR Wire Service

HAMPTON, Ga. – Kurt Busch fell just short of beating brother Kyle Busch on the track during Friday’s time trials at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Continue reading “Kurt Busch wins Atlanta pole after brother’s time is disallowed”

Kurt Busch Back with Stewart-Haas Racing
with Backing from Monster Energy
Monster Energy To Serve as Co-Primary Sponsor with Haas Automation of No. 41 Team

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Oct. 21, 2015) – Monster Energy is moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while Kurt Busch is staying at Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). The energy drink manufacturer has teamed with Busch in a multiyear agreement that will see Monster Energy co-sponsor him and the No. 41 Chevrolet SS with Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America.

Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion and owner of 27 career victories, will debut this new sponsorship during the Oct. 30-Nov. 1 Sprint Cup race weekend at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS will then become a fixture beginning with the 2016 season, whereupon Monster Energy will be the alpha sponsor (hood) for 17 races and the bravo sponsor (quarter panel) for 18 races with one full primary race sponsorship.

“I’m very happy to be back with Stewart-Haas Racing and proud to take Monster Energy to the Sprint Cup Series,” said Busch, who has won three races and three poles since joining SHR in 2014. “This is exactly where I want to be and I have two partners who want to win as much as I do.”

Monster Energy passes on traditional forms of advertising and instead earns significant brand exposure through its roster of extreme athletes. Busch, renown for a tenacious driving style that has earned him multiple wins in a Sprint Cup career spanning more than 15 years, fits the bill for Monster Energy.

“Kurt Busch has been a member of the Monster Energy team since 2012 and we’re very happy to take his involvement with us to a whole new level,” said Mitch Covington, vice president of sports marketing, Monster Energy. “The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the premiere form of stock-car racing in North America and it’s exactly where we want to be. Kurt and everyone at Stewart-Haas Racing are racers. They walk the walk, just like Monster Energy.”

SHR is the championship-winning Sprint Cup team co-owned by Tony Stewart and Gene Haas. Stewart is a three-time Sprint Cup champion with 48 career victories. Haas is the founder of Haas Automation. Since its inception in 2009, the team has won two titles (2011 and 2014), 30 races and 26 poles. With this new agreement, Monster Energy becomes the official energy drink of SHR.

“I’ve always respected Kurt’s talent and determination, and I’m glad it’s staying at Stewart-Haas Racing,” Stewart said. “Kurt can win at every racetrack we visit, and his feedback and attention to detail make our entire organization better.”

“Kurt Busch gives us the opportunity to win races every week and contend for a championship every year,” Haas added. “This is an organization built on winning, and Haas Automation is a company built on performance. Kurt embodies each of those qualities, and it’s why we invest in his abilities.”

“I can’t thank Gene Haas and Tony Stewart enough for the opportunity to be a part of this team,” Busch said. “We’ve accomplished a lot in our two years together, but there’s so much more I want to do for them, for Haas Automation and for Monster Energy. It’s great knowing we’ll be able to keep the momentum we have and extend it into next year and beyond.”

during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.
during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 14, 2015 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race – Quicken Loans 400
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, Michigan
Sunday, June 14, 2015

1. (24) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 138, $186125.
2. (14) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 138, $141435.
3. (9) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 138, $137580.
4. (12) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 138, $148471.
5. (11) Joey Logano, Ford, 138, $140508.
6. (3) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 138, $141031.
7. (25) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 138, $126331.
8. (17) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 138, $108515.
9. (20) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 138, $132940.
10. (32) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 138, $126523.
11. (13) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 138, $106015.
12. (4) Carl Edwards, Toyota, 138, $107140.
13. (27) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 138, $116448.
14. (22) Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 138, $105823.
15. (1) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 138, $110215.
16. (19) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 138, $97065.
17. (16) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 138, $116073.
18. (23) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 138, $119840.
19. (8) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 137, $131801.
20. (7) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 137, $124471.
21. (6) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 137, $131771.
22. (26) Aric Almirola, Ford, 137, $123346.
23. (31) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 137, $114918.
24. (5) Ryan Blaney(i), Ford, 137, $82560.
25. (33) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 137, $93635.
26. (30) Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 137, $111630.
27. (36) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 137, $104618.
28. (15) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 137, $111924.
29. (2) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 137, $141035.
30. (35) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 137, $85935.
31. (29) Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 137, $83785.
32. (40) Cole Whitt, Ford, 137, $90732.
33. (37) Brett Moffitt #, Ford, 137, $82610.
34. (39) Josh Wise, Ford, 137, $81010.
35. (18) David Ragan, Toyota, 136, $108059.
36. (21) Greg Biffle, Ford, 136, $111823.
37. (38) Jeb Burton #, Toyota, 136, $80731.
38. (41) JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, 136, $76142.
39. (43) Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, 136, $72070.
40. (42) Mike Bliss(i), Ford, 136, $68070.
41. (28) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 84, $64070.
42. (34) David Gilliland, Ford, Accident, 64, $68070.
43. (10) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Accident, 52, $101561.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 116.688 mph.
Time of Race: 02 Hrs, 21 Mins, 55 Secs. Margin of Victory: Caution.
Caution Flags: 5 for 38 laps.
Lead Changes: 17 among 11 drivers.
Lap Leaders: K. Kahne 0; C. Edwards 1; K. Kahne 2; C. Edwards 3-41; J. Wise 42; K. Harvick 43-82; M. Kenseth 83-84; B. Keselowski 85; K. Larson 86-87; J. Logano 88-94; D. Patrick 95-96; K. Harvick 97-119; D. Earnhardt Jr. 120; M. Kenseth 121; B. Keselowski 122-126; C. Edwards 127; K. Larson 128-132; Kurt Busch 133-138.
Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): K. Harvick 2 times for 63 laps; C. Edwards 3 times for 41 laps; J. Logano 1 time for 7 laps; K. Larson 2 times for 7 laps; B. Keselowski 2 times for 6 laps; Kurt Busch 1 time for 6 laps; M. Kenseth 2 times for 3 laps; D. Patrick 1 time for 2 laps; K. Kahne 1 time for 1 lap; D. Earnhardt Jr. 1 time for 1 lap; J. Wise 1 time for 1 lap.
Top 16 in Points: K. Harvick – 576; M. Truex Jr. – 561; J. Logano – 520; D. Earnhardt Jr. – 508; J. Johnson – 506; B. Keselowski – 480; J. Mcmurray – 464; M. Kenseth – 456; K. Kahne – 447; J. Gordon – 434; Kurt Busch – 426; P. Menard – 421; D. Hamlin – 412; C. Edwards – 401; A. Almirola – 401; R. Newman – 400.
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