Chat with Kurt Busch
In just eight seasons as a full-time driver on the NASCAR circuit, Busch has four top 10 finishes, and has finished 11th another time. Of his 18 career wins, three came in 2004 when he captured the points title in the first ever Chase for the Cup. Busch also owns over 100 top 10 finishes in his career.
A Las Vegas native, Busch returns home this weekend, when the Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the Shelby 427. He has earned a starting spot in the top 10 every year that he's been in NASCAR's top series.
Send your questions now and join Busch Friday at 5:45 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (5:38 PM)
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Buzzmaster (5:46 PM)
We've got Kurt!
when you get to this track do you feel more confident than other tracks?
Kurt Busch (5:48 PM)
I feel pumped up when I get to Vegas because it's my hometown. I don't push any harder or feel any different. It's just the spring in your step.
Matt (Ogdensburg NJ)
Hey Kurt i was wondering what do you think is going to be the key to winning at las vegas sunday
Kurt Busch (5:48 PM)
In Vegas, it's the right front tire wear. You can't be too hard on that tire. It likes to build up temperature more then the other tires. Who can keep turning the best will have the best shot at winning.
Cory (Clinton, IA)
Are you guys more focused on getting the #2 car ready for these mile and a half tracks this season?
Kurt Busch (5:49 PM)
We're really trying to get every track under our arm, so we're more competitive every week. The weak point we felt last year was the mile and a half racetracks.
Mike (Lexington, Ky)
Kurt, I just wanted to let you know that you've been my favorite since 2002! How much of a difference do you think the new nose has made on the performance of your car this season? Good luck this season!
Kurt Busch (5:50 PM)
Thanks for being such a great fan! It seems like each year Dodge gets a new nose. So we're thankful for that. It helps change the balance of the car to be more toward the front. That's where we thought we were lacking grip was with the front tires. It's a positive.
cline from cleveland of ohio
is there a possibility or have you ever thought of you and your brother kyle becomeing team ates in the future?
Kurt Busch (5:51 PM)
You never know. There's that possibility out there. With teams and contracts. But where I am now, I feel very comfortable and enjoy racing for my team. I'd think he'd say the same.
Weston (Decatur, Alabama)
Kurt, as along time fan of yours and also a huge Alabama fan, It's great to see you with a Crimson hat on. Do you plan to attend any Alabama football games again this year?
Kurt Busch (5:52 PM)
Roll Tide! My last two PR guys in NASCAR attended Alabama. Their influence has rubbed off on me. I'm looking to get to the opener, I believe it's against Virginia Tech in Atlanta. Maybe the schedule will work out.
Fred, (Orlando Flordia)
Thanks for taking the time to do this chat Kurt. This is your home town, but not one of your best tracks. You are off to a great start, do you feel a top 5 or top 10 finish this week?
Kurt Busch (5:53 PM)
I feel like this is my best opportunity to win at my hometown track. It's a matter of having some good luck and staying out of some wrecks, which has happened and not blowing out that front right tire.
Kurt, Do you have any pre-race rituals?
Kurt Busch (5:53 PM)
I like to have a turkey sandwich after the drivers meeting. I put on my racing gear and stretch out a little bit. But of course, strapping in that car, it's the best feeling in the world. It gets you ready to go race.
How impressed have you been with Matt Kenseth thus far?
Kurt Busch (5:54 PM)
Looks like Matt Kenseth is dialed in. They had a good car in California and were solid at Daytona. Looks to me that they have a good combination of crew chief and driver going.
Kayla (Chicopee, MA)
I've been a fan for years and years. Last season was obviously dissapointing, but did you let it get to you?
Kurt Busch (5:55 PM)
Having good years and bad years is all part of professional sports. The good years seem easier and the bad years are tougher. But during touger times, you work harder and smarter. Claw your way back to the top. That's the objective.
David Dees (Boise, Idaho)
Kurt, I was wondering what is different this year that has you on such a good start, and what improvements do you see need to happen to get you back into victory lane?? Thanks and GO KURT!!!
Kurt Busch (5:56 PM)
I would say just some of the personnel changes we've made as well as fresh ideas that our team has come up with. Our pit crew seems faster. Our engines seem stronger. It's not just one thing that I can say has turned us around.
Kayla (Chicopee, MA)
Are there any baby Buschs on the way? =)
Kurt Busch (5:57 PM)
I had the opportunity to buy Eva a horse last year, one of her childhood passions. It's turned out to be that much more of an investment. Just to see her smile and love and her motherness in caring for the horse. Definitely creates the thoughts for Baby Buschs, but I still think we're still a few years away.
Luke (Methuen, MA)
Hey Kurt. This might be a wierd question but do you like to play the NASCAR video games and stuff and like play as yourself?
Kurt Busch (5:58 PM)
I definitely play the racing games on my PlayStation. I definitely use the No. 2 Blue Deuce, but I get more of a kick out of the shoot 'em up games. That way we're tearing stuff up and don't have to pay for it.
Ted (New Jersey)
If you were not a Driver, what would you be?
Kurt Busch (5:59 PM)
I feel like I'd be back in Las Vegas working with the water district where I used to work before racing. We always joked around that we felt we were plumbers. So I would be a plumber with a plumber crack.
Kurt Busch (6:00 PM)
Thanks to all the great fans for writing in and chatting today. It's always fun to chat with the fans nationwide and with you on ESPN.
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