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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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  • Kenseth content in car and not contemplating retirement

    Matt Kenseth is just a year younger than Jeff Gordon, who has already said he'll retire at the end of this season. The 43-year-old former champion won't use Gordon's exit as a reason to consider his own future in NASCAR. He's got no plans to get out of...
  • Drivers keep passions in check in Texas

    Drivers keep passions in check in Texas
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The only shove by Kevin Harvick in Texas this time came on the track. With 20 laps left in the Duck Commander 500 won by Jimmie Johnson, Harvick tapped the rear of Joey Logano's car to push past the defending race winner....
  • Jimmie Johnson gets 5th Sprint Cup win at Texas

    Jimmie Johnson was still chasing Jamie McMurray and Kevin Harvick, trying to get back in front as the laps wound down at Texas Motor Speedway. Then Johnson got the break that led to his fifth NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at the track. "They slid up high...
  • NASCAR's 2015 season so far: A mixed bag through 6 races

    Six race weekends into the 2015 NASCAR season and there are already storylines galore. We've already seen a driver suspended and reinstated, a record-setting penalty and three drivers so far have missed Sprint Cup Series races because of injury or...
  • Andretti adds de Silvestro to Indianapolis 500 lineup

    With a race car parked on a city sidewalk, Simona de Silvestro shared tales of her ride from European karting all the way to a date in Indianapolis. "I started when I was 6," she told a group of local Philadelphia students. "It's funny, when I look at...
  • NASCAR finds Ryan Newman's race team manipulated tires

    NASCAR levied harsh penalties against Ryan Newman's race team Tuesday after determining Richard Childress Racing manipulated the tires Newman used at Auto Club Speedway in California. There had been rampant speculation throughout the Sprint Cup garage...
  • NASCAR ditches group qualifying at Daytona, Talladega

    NASCAR ditches group qualifying at Daytona, Talladega
    NASCAR is waving a white flag to the confusing quagmire of group qualifying on the super-speedway tracks of Daytona and Talladega. Officials announced Monday that “qualifying for May’s Talladega Superspeedway races, as well as the July...
  • When it comes to Martinsville Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports is king

    When it comes to Martinsville Speedway, Hendrick Motorsports is king
    MARTINSVILLE — Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon battling a car-length apart in the final laps for a win at Martinsville Speedway last fall had to be a frustratingly familiar sight to the rest of the Sprint Cup Series field. When it comes to the...
  • Martinsville gets Hamlin back on Sprint Cup track

    Martinsville gets Hamlin back on Sprint Cup track
    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin just needed a visit to Martinsville Speedway to get his racing team back on track. Now, with his spot in NASCAR's Chase for the championship virtually assured, they can work to make it better. Hamlin...
  • Roger Penske warns NASCAR team not to manipulate tires

    Roger Penske has warned his NASCAR team to stay out of any controversy regarding the possible manipulation of tires used during races. The team owner is aware of rampant industry speculation that some crews are drilling tiny holes in tires to allow air...
  • NASCAR topic: Cheating with tire pressure, or just hot air?

    NASCAR topic: Cheating with tire pressure, or just hot air?
    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — There's been a lot of talk about tires in the NASCAR garage the past few weeks, or longer, and lots of theories about whether something shady is going on or if the chatter is just a bunch of hot air. After the last two races,...