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Your 2013 NASCAR Driver of the Year: 4th - Kurt Busch

You voted Kurt Busch into 4th place in Crash.net's NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013 poll!
Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013:
4. Kurt Busch

Birthdate: August 4, 1978
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Team: Furniture Row Racing
Crew chief: Todd Berrier
2013 starts: 36
Poles: 1
Wins: 0
Top 5: 11
Top 10: 16
Annual earnings: $5,192,213
Championship points: 2309
Championship position: 10th
Crash.net NASCAR Driver of 2011 position: 26th
Crash.net NASCAR Driver of 2012 position: N/A

Season summary:

You certainly didn't underestimate what Kurt Busch achieved this year at Furniture Row Racing: he took a team that finished 2012 in 24th place and made them a Chase contender, the first time that a single car team has ever made the play-offs in the format's history. He managed that through strong consistent results (16 top tens, an average finish of 14.7) and a pole for the team at Darlington. A visit to victory lane was just too much to ask for, although he did come ever-so-close on two occasions in Richmond and Kansas. He's thoroughly earned his return to the big leagues with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.

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Top 10 NASCAR Driver of the Year 2013 results so far:

5. Kevin Harvick
6. Carl Edwards
7. Kyle Busch
8. Jeff Gordon
9. Kasey Kahne
10. Martin Truex Jr.


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Kurt Busch, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #78 Furniture Row Racing/Sealy Chevrolet SS qualified 2nd Friday, August 23, 2013 for Saturday`s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee. Busch is 9th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Garry Eller for Chevrolet)
Kurt Busch, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #78 Furniture Row Racing/Sealy Chevrolet SS earned the second pole position during qualifying Friday, July 12, 2013 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Sunday`s Camping World RV Sales 301 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)
Kurt Busch, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #78 Furniture Row Racing/Sealy Chevrolet SS qualified 2nd Friday, September 6, 2013 for the Federated Auto Parts 400 race. He`ll start on the front row with Chevy teammate Jeff Gordon Saturday at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Busch is 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)
Brian Scott, driver of the #2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet, leads Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, during the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, drive driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinios.com 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet, wins the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Cars race after a restart lead by Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 Napa Auto Parts Chevrolet (L), Ryan Blaney, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Cartwheel by Target Chevrolet (R) during the EnjoyIllinois.com 300 race at Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 AutoTrader.com Ford, and Morgan Shepherd, driver of the #33 Little Joe`s Autos Chevrolet, crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Redds Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Crew chief Chad Knaus inspects the car of Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, after a crash during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, crashes in the early part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 13, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Hertz Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sta-Green 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 12, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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