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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 15: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 15, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Kurt Busch to make 700th career NASCAR Cup start at Indianapolis

NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) veteran competitor Kurt Busch will make his 700th start in the NCS on Sunday July 5, 2020. When the green flag drops on the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Busch will become just the 16th driver in NASCAR history to reach the 700-start milestone.

Joining the series full-time in 2001, the Las Vegas native burst onto the scene with an energetic personality and aggressive driving style that would rank him among the sport’s best, claiming the Series Championship in 2004. Busch has a long list of career accomplishments and continues to be a competitive talent into what his now his 21st year of competition in NASCAR’s top division.

– First career win at Bristol Motor Speedway (2002)
– NASCAR All-Star Race (2010)
– Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (2010)
– First road course win at Sonoma Raceway (2011)
– Daytona 500 (2017)

Kurt Busch on NASCAR Cup Series Start No. 700:

"Twenty years at the top-tier of NASCAR is pretty special. I’ve been blessed to have had this opportunity; being able to have raced with a lot of great race teams over the years. It’s amazing how 700 adds-up so fast. Tons of great sponsors, great team owners, great crew guys and great friends.

700 starts; that is one of those stats where you know that it has been a long run, but I know I’ve still got some more. I got into the sport at a young age, where guys like Jeff Gordon cut the rope down for young guys like me to have an opportunity. It has been interesting to see the sport change so much over the last 20 years, I feel like I can connect easily to the past, yet still have an opportunity to teach some of the new kids."

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