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Kurt Busch Looking for Two in a Row as NASCAR Heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway



SPARTA, KENTUCKY - JULY 13: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 Monster Energy Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at Kentucky Speedway on July 13, 2019 in Sparta, Kentucky. -- Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

LOUDEN, NH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series are at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend and time is running out for drivers looking to qualify for NASCAR’s Playoffs.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kurt Busch comes into the weekend hot off the heels of his victory last Saturday night at Kentucky Speedway.

The win was the first for the No. 1 car in the Cup Series since October 10, 2013 when Jamie McMurray visited Victory Lane at Talladega Superspeedway.

The win was the 31st for Busch in the Cup Series and his first with Ganassi.  Busch has also visited Victory Lane with Roush Fenway Racing, Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing.

Busch’s CGR teammate Kyle Larson has the third-best average finish at New Hampshire (10.7).  Larson has four top-five and five top-10 finishes in nine starts at the oval.  Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin has the best average finish (10.2).

Kyle Busch has three wins at New Hampshire (2006, 2015, 2017) and four runner-up finishes at the track.  Kyle Busch is also the only driver on the grid with victories at the track in all three of NASCAR’s premier series.

“Loudon is a Martinsville-like short track,” Kyle Busch said.  “It’s a little more spread out, but there’s some rooting and gouging going on because it’s a one-lane track and everybody fights for that particular groove.”

New Hampshire is slightly longer than a mile and is a shorter, flat track with variable banking at two and seven degrees in the corners and one degree on the straights.

The first practice session on Friday runs from 12:05 p.m. to 12:55 p.m. ET followed by qualifying at 4:35 p.m.

There will be two practice sessions on Saturday, 10:05 a.m. to 10:55 p.m. and a final practice session from 12:35 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. ET.

The Foxwood Resorts Casino green flag drops at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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