March 23, 2013; Fontana, CA, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch (78) during practice for the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Martinsville: Kurt Busch Pursuing Third Consecutive Top Five

2013 has been better than 2012 for Kurt Busch, but it still hasn’t lived up to his or the fans expectations just yet. It was a slow start, but in the last few races, Busch has found some speed and had good finishes and finds himself sitting rather pretty in the point standings.

Bristol was tough for many of the best stars in NASCAR, but Kurt Busch and his No. 78 team toughed it out to bring home his first top-ten/five of the season with a fourth place finish. California, a statistically good track for Busch, was also a good run for he and his team. They finished fifth.

Now, heading into Martinsville, Busch is looking to earn his third consecutive top-five finish. The last time Busch had three consecutive top-five finishes was 2005 the season after his championship season. He’s currently sitting thirteenth in the driver point standings and is poised to play dark horse and/or spoiler come time for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

To give you an idea of how good Busch is sitting in the point standings early on, he out ranks Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., and Tony Stewart. Four drivers who are popular names come time for the Chase, and all four find themselves trailing Busch who drives for a small independent team, Furniture Row Racing.

Busch hopes too pull of this feat, but it won’t be easy. The last time Busch finished in the top-10 at Martinville was 2005 when he finished sixth. The same season he last had three consecutive top-five finishes.

Don’t count Busch out though. He’s one of the best drivers in NASCAR and is putting his small team on the map this season. He could be poised for a shocking season that could even see him contending for a championship again.

Tags: Furniture Row Racing Kurt Busch Martinsville Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP Gas Booster 500

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