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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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  • The Green Flag: Mega milestones in reach for Gordon

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Mega milestones in reach for Gordon By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange In Sunday's Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard, Jeff Gordon won the 90th race...
  • Rain creates double trouble for IndyCar

    TORONTO (Reuters) - Double-headers have long been part of baseball and it is nothing to see golfers pull double duty, but rarely are drivers forced to take on the challenge of two races in the same day as they did on Sunday at the Toronto Indy. Frenchman...
  • Streaking Ford faces toughest challenge: Brickyard

    The Sports Xchange Streaking Ford faces toughest challenge: Brickyard By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange Is it time for Ford to shoot for the moon? The Blue Oval manufacturer is enjoying a breakthrough season....
  • Vickers aiming to end New Hampshire streak

    The Sports Xchange Vickers aiming to end New Hampshire streak NASCAR Wire Service Distrubuted by The Sports Xchange It's not a record. But it's close. And it's unbelievable. Over the course of the last 12 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12...
  • Aric Almirola still sky-high after his victory at Daytona 400

    RICHMOND — As a matter of fact, no, Aric Almirola isn't the least bit apologetic, doesn't feel the least bit unworthy of winning a rain-shortened NASCAR race in which most of the field turned into a darn fine scrap metal collection. Almirola,...
  • NASCAR Driver Capsules, July 9 - Part 2

    Part 2 : continues.... ETC.: Larson has been used to running a lot of races, but his schedule in 2014 has been limited to the Sprint Cup Series and companion Nationwide Series events. "Being such a die-hard sprint car racer and fan and everything, I...
  • Pressure on big stars increase as spots in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship dwindle

    Eleven spots are filled for the upcoming Chase for the Championship. That leaves just five openings — and only eight races remaining to get one of the guaranteed entries. For Aric Almirola, Sprint Cup's newest winner, things couldn't be better. His...
  • Kurt Busch penalized after failed inspection

    The Sports Xchange Kurt Busch penalized after failed inspection NASCAR took 10 points away from Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch on Tuesday after his third-place finish in Sunday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway because his No. 41 car...
  • 'Cuban Missile' pilots The King's car to Daytona Victory Lane

    'Cuban Missile' pilots The King's car to Daytona Victory Lane
    DAYTONA BEACH — Anybody have "The Cuban Missile" in their Coke Zero 400 pool? In a soggy and slushy scrum of stock cars stretching two days, involving plenty of carnage and the brutal inconvenience of dark skies, Aric Almirola can thank the...
  • Almirola shouldn't sweat the Chase

    The Sports Xchange Almirola shouldn't sweat the Chase By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distrubuted by The Sports Xchange During Sunday's extended rain delay, with his No. 43 Ford sitting first in a severely depleted field, Aric Almirola said he...
  • Almirola wins rain-shortened Coke Zero 400

    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange Almirola wins rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Aric Almirola was the beneficiary of a rain shower that made him the winner of the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at...