2015 Season in Review: Kurt Busch

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Kurt Busch

CREW CHIEF: Tony Gibson

TEAM: Stewart Haas Racing

POINTS: 8th

WINS: 2 (Michigan II, Richmond I)

Top 5s: 10

TOP 10s: 21

LAPS LED: 788 (most since 2010)

POLES: 3 (Auto Club Speedway, Texas I, Pocono I)

WHAT WENT RIGHT: Silently advanced to the third round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup before being eliminated …Finished eighth in the points standings, his best result since placing fourth in 2009 … Earned multiple poles for first time since 2011, two in his first four starts … Won the spring Michigan race after it was called due to rain after 138 laps … Didn’t record any DNFs a year after finishing the 2014 season with six .

WHAT WENT WRONG: Was suspended the first three races of the season due to domestic violence allegations involving ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll … Title hopes were dashed in the first race of the third round of the Chase when he finished 34th after being involved in a crash on Lap 436

WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2016: Enters his third season with SHR … Will have new sponsorship in Monster Energy drink for 17 races and as the full sponsor for one race … Still looking for his second Sprint Cup title, the first since 2004.