For a driver of 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch’s caliber, this stat might seem hard to believe: The last time Busch scored three consecutive top-five finishes was the first three races of the 2005 season.
Eight years later, Busch looks to match that feat this Sunday at Martinsville, a track where he has experienced varied results. Coincidentally, the last time he finished in the top 10 at Martinsville was that 2005 season, when he finished sixth in the October event.
Busch, running his first full season with Furniture Row Racing, currently sits 13th in points after finishes of fourth at Bristol and fifth at Auto Club. It was the first time Furniture Row scored back-to-back top fives.
Though Busch only has two top fives in 25 Martinsville starts, one was a victory (October of 2002). That was 11 years and four teams ago as a member of Roush Fenway Racing. That was also the last Martinsville win for Roush. Since then, the team has six top fives and 25 top 10s in 93 starts.