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Can SHR driver build off late-season momentum following crew chief change? MORE: Full schedule of season previews Team: Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Chevrolet Rank in final standings: 12th Wins: 1 ( Martinsville Speedway in March) Year in photos: Kurt Busch 2014 highlights Strides: Busch's first season with Stewart-Haas produced quick results with a stirring drive to victory at Martinsville, where he fended off track master Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps. The triumph, which snapped a career-worst 83-race dry spell, secured an early reservation for Busch in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs. Busch also showed his versatility by becoming just the fourth driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. He wowed the IndyCar crowd with a competitive sixth-place finish as a rookie at the Brickyard, but wound up 40th at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the stock-car nightcap after engine failure. "It seemed as if it took us a little bit to get the newness settled in and once we got rolling, we surprised ourselves with a win early on," Busch said. "But the summer months is when it seemed to just start to click. It felt like home. We found some strengths, found some weaknesses and I think we've made our 2014 the best that it could be and that 2015 will be even better." Setbacks: While summer marked an uptick in Busch's results, the springtime doldrums after his Martinsville victory took its toll on his stature in the Sprint Cup standings. The former series champion failed to finish four of the next six races, triggering an eight-position drop in the points. Though the regular-season deficit was sizable, Busch started on virtually equal footing after the points reset before the Chase's Challenger Round. Though he started with a solid eighth-place run in the Chicagoland Speedway opener, finishes of 36th and 18th in the races that followed eliminated him from title contention. Quoteworthy: "I thought it was great season, to have a win and to run consistently through the summer months and to be in position in the Chase, there's a lot of football teams that make the playoffs and they get eliminated first round even after a great season. You have to be hot when it counts, and that's in the Chase, and we didn't get the job done during the Chase to advance through the rounds. We posted some good top-10 finishes; those aren't enough in the Chase. You've got to go after those top-fives and those wins, and that's what we've got to do next year with the Haas Automation Chevrolet." What's next: Busch played a prominent role in Stewart-Haas' expansion to a four-car operation in 2014 as the team added two new faces -- his and eventual Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick 's -- to the driver lineup. Heading into this season, the driver roster remains intact, but a crew chief shake-up has Busch's hopes up for 2015. For the final three races last year, SHR shifted Daniel Knost over to the No. 10 team with Danica Patrick , moving veteran Tony Gibson over to Busch's No. 41 Chevy. The brief audition for next year offered glimpses of promise with finishes of eighth, seventh and 11th to close out the season. "It's hard not to be too excited," Busch said. "It was a great three-race stretch of an average finish of 8.7 -- that's the average finish that it takes to be competitive week in and week out on the NASCAR circuit. Could we have made the change sooner? I would've loved to have, to try to capitalize on 2014, but it just gives us so much motivation and inspiration for what next year can bring us." FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Police complete their investigation of domestic assault allegations
The F-Post’s Matthew Dillner and a few vengeful members of the media take advantage of the opportunity to tank Kurt Busch in a State Water Heaters dunk tank.
Brian France: 'It wouldn't be right of us to just intervene' HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France said league officials will allow an investigation involving driver Kurt Busch to run its course before responding or reacting to allegations of domestic assault, despite calls from a U.S. Representative to park the former premier series champion. Busch , who won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in 2004, is under investigation by the Dover (Del.) Police Department for an allegation of assault filed Nov. 5 by Patricia Driscoll. Driscoll is Busch's former girlfriend and president of the Armed Forces Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit group. Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-California) has contacted NASCAR officials, as well as officials with Stewart-Haas Racing , the team for which Busch drives, asking that the 36-year-old Busch be suspended for the remainder of the season. The series wraps up its 2014 schedule here at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. "We are watching that case carefully … it's under review by law enforcement and others, and they have not made a decision on that regarding Kurt ," France said Friday during a press conference at the 1.5-mile track. "So until they make some judgments on that investigation, it wouldn't be right of us to just intervene before they've even gotten the investigation completed. So that's our position. We'll respect their process. It's in their hands." France said he had not spoken with Busch , although there have been conversations between officials of the sanctioning body and the driver. That a member of Congress has spoken out about NASCAR's lack of action, he said, is not cause for alarm. "It's a very sensitive topic today," France said. "Rightfully so. And so (it's) not surprising that some members of Congress and other leaders might have some strong views on what we should and shouldn't do. "But as I said, we'll stay the course, let the investigation be completed, and then we'll react." Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, said last week that there are no plans to remove his driver from the team's No. 41 Chevrolet. "He'll be in the car until someone else pulls him out," Haas said. "I'm not pulling him out." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Kurt Busch loses momentum and is spun by Clint Bowyer on the first G-W-C attempt at Darlington Raceway.
Kurt Busch suffers from two spins, one on Lap 180 and another on Lap 203, making it a rough night for the No. 41 team.
Brad Keselowski attempts to payback Kurt Busch for an earlier pit-road incident by slowing Busch down on the track.
Busch tells team: 'It's all my fault ... lay this one on the driver'