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Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch
American racecar driver Kurt Busch was born on Aug. 4, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nev. At the age of 6, he was accompanying his father to the track and driving go-carts himself. He then moved on to Dwarf competition. In 1994, his first full year as a driver, he won 10 consecutive races at 10 different tracks. He won the 1998 Auto Zone Elite Division Southwest Series Rookie of the Year, followed by winning the 1999 series championship. That led to a tryout in a Roush Racing "Gong Show," which he won and earned a Craftsman Truck Series ride. In the championship standings, he finished second and won Rookie of the Year. Busch had a breakout year in 2002, winning four races, had 12 top fives and 20 top... Show more »
American racecar driver Kurt Busch was born on Aug. 4, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nev. At the age of 6, he was accompanying his father to the track and driving go-carts himself. He then moved on to Dwarf competition. In 1994, his first full year as a driver, he won 10 consecutive races at 10 different tracks. He won the 1998 Auto Zone Elite Division Southwest Series Rookie of the Year, followed by winning the 1999 series championship. That led to a tryout in a Roush Racing "Gong Show," which he won and earned a Craftsman Truck Series ride. In the championship standings, he finished second and won Rookie of the Year. Busch had a breakout year in 2002, winning four races, had 12 top fives and 20 top tens, leading to a third place finish in points. In 2003, at Darlington Raceway, he and Ricky Craven were side-by-side around the track. Craven crossed the finish line 0.002 seconds ahead of Busch, making it the closest finish in NASCAR history. His 2005 season was cut short after being pulled over in Arizona for suspicion of drunken driving and cited for reckless driving. Roush Racing suspended him. He was sentenced to serve 50 hours of community service to be completed within one year. In the February 2006 edition of GQ magazine, he was number three of its list of top ten most hated athletes, behind Barry Bones and Terrell Owens. In the 2009 Kobalt Tools 600, he gained his 19th Spring Cup Series win, leading more laps in the race than he did in his entire 2008 season. In 2010, he won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, and the next weekend, he won the Coca-Cola 600. He won the first competitive event of the 2011 season, the Budweiser Shootout. Busch is the third driver to cross over between NASCAR and the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), which he started in 2011. « Show less

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  • Kyle Busch grabs 1st win of season as comeback rolls on

    After two practice sessions at Sonoma Raceway, Kyle Busch spent an evening icing his surgically repaired left foot.
  • Kyle Busch completes comeback with win at Sonoma

    Kyle Busch completes comeback with win at Sonoma
    SONOMA, Calif. — Kyle Busch's comeback from serious injuries suffered a day before the season-opener now includes a victory. Busch won Sunday on the road course at Sonoma Raceway, just his fifth race since he returned to the track after breaking...

    Kyle Busch wins Toyota/Save Mart 350 after late pass

    SONOMA, Calif. Kyle Busch passed Jimmie Johnson with five laps to go and pulled away to capture the Toyota/Save Mart 350 for the second time on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Busch held off brother Kurt Busch, who took second, and third place Clint Bowyer...

    Allmendinger wins pole for road course race at Sonoma

    Allmendinger wins pole for road course race at Sonoma
    AJ Allmendinger, developing as the top driver on road courses, won the pole for Sunday's race at winding Sonoma Raceway. Allmendinger earned the top starting spot during Saturday's knockout qualifying with a lap 96.310 mph around the 10-turn, 1.99-...

    Allmendinger wins NASCAR pole at Sonoma

    SONOMA, Calif. Once again, AJ Allmendinger could be on the road to a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' championship chase. Allmendinger, who qualified for last year's Chase for the Cup by winning on the road course at Watkins Glen, won the pole...