Kurt Busch Continues To Work His Way Back Up

By Christy Valdez
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, many drivers have been stepping up their performance on the race track. Many of the drivers improving this season include past winners, but one past champion has been working his way up and for Kurt Busch each week, he’s one step closer to the top.

As the season continues and as the Cup Series prepares to race at Michigan International Speedway, Busch looks to continue his latest consistent results and possibly make his way into victory lane. With 14 races into the season, Busch has been recovering and improving from the results in the 2012 season and as of the latest races, Busch is well on his way to having a good season.

The year got off to a slow start for Busch after capturing a 28th place finish at the season opener, the Daytona 500. Following Daytona, Busch had improved his results slowly. At Phoenix he only finished one position higher than Daytona in 27th and a 20th at Las Vegas, but afterwards things started to pick up for him with two top five finishes at Bristol and Fontana.

There have been three speed bumps in Busch’s way this season. Martinsville and Texas took away the momentum he had following his two top fives and he captured two 37th place finishes. At Talladega, a late race wreck ended his day after racing his way to the front and it also ended his improvements after Martinsville and Texas.

At Darlington, Busch has been working his way back up not only in the points standings, but as well as his performance on the track. During the race weekend at Darlington, he won his first pole award of the season and broke the track record during qualifying. The new track record at Darlington added Busch to the small list of drivers who have broken records this year.

The 2013 season has been going well for Busch despite two DNFs. With 14 races in the books, Busch has captured three top five and five top 10 finishes. He has averaged a 14.7 start and a 17.7 finish.

Busch has found consistency within his last four races. During qualifying Busch has started on the front row in three races, at Darlington, Charlotte and the All-Star race.

During the race weekend at Pocono Busch topped the leader boards in final practice and was among the leaders throughout the race.

Heading into Michigan on Sunday, Busch will once again start on the front row and will have the opportunity to continue his latest consistent results. Busch can continue the search for his first win of the season, something that he has been in reach of various times.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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