Nearly 3,000 drivers have raced in NASCAR’s elite series. Kurt Busch has become only the 17th driver to start in 700 races in the top series.
Busch started second in the Big Machine Hand Sanitizer 400 Sunday (July 5) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, ultimately finishing 13th, on the lead lap.
“This was an Indy race to forget today,” Busch said. “We had to make too many unscheduled returns to pit road, which cost us a lot of track position.
“We just had an unbelievably tight handling Monster Energy Camaro in traffic, I just could cut through the corners to make any passes. Obviously, I was hoping for better results for No. 700 today.”
Through 700 races, Busch’s career includes 28 poles, 31 wins, 146 Top-5 finishes, 307 Top-10 finishes, 9,823 laps led and the 2004 series title.
The first driver to hit 700 starts was seven-time champion Richard Petty in the 1976 Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Prior to Busch, Jeff Gordon was the most recent driver to make 700 starts in the Cup Series, hitting the mark in 2013.
Gordon’s third-place finish at Darlington Raceway in his 700th race is the highest finish for a driver in race 700.
The next driver expected to hit the 700-start mark is Kevin Harvick, who is projected to run his 700th race at Texas Motor Speedway scheduled for July 19.