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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 Backstretch Blog: Is a Newman in hand worse than the driver named Busch?

    The Backstretch Blog: Is a Newman in hand worse than the driver named Busch?
    There is no question that Kurt Busch is a good driver and that why Stewart-Haas racing jumped at the chance to sign him. The kid has 24 career wins and a Sprint Cup series championship. "Kurt Busch is a premier talent, one who gives you the...
  • NASCAR: Five storylines to watch as Richmond hosts last race to make the Chase

    NASCAR: Five storylines to watch as Richmond hosts last race to make the Chase
    Richmond International Raceway takes its rather prominent place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series spotlight on Saturday with the Federated Auto Parts 400. It's billed as "One Last Race To Make the Chase," because, at the end of 300 laps and 400 miles on...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Five degrees of Chase Clinch-a-tion

    The Backstretch Blog: Five degrees of Chase Clinch-a-tion
    There is just one race left til the chase for the championship begins and seven drivers have clinched a spot in NASCAR 's version of the playoffs. Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch are locked in the top...
  • Five Sprint Cup drivers to watch at Richmond Saturday

    Five Sprint Cup drivers to watch at Richmond Saturday
    With five spots in the 12-man Chase still undecided, many eyes in the grandstands at Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday will focus on the seven or eight drivers with the best chances of rounding out the field for...
  • All those NASCAR driver-team changes? Here's a scorecard

    All those NASCAR driver-team changes? Here's a scorecard
    Jeff Burton's announcement Wednesday that he won't drive the No. 31 Chevrolet again in 2014 in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series is the latest in a flurry of NASCAR driver-team changes for this season and next year. Haven't kept up with all of them? Here's a...
  • Brian Vickers snaps 75-race losing streak with Sprint Cup win

    LOUDON, N.H. -- Brian Vickers pulled into the lead late and took off on the green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The surprise winner snapped a 75-race losing streak in the series with his third career Sprint Cup...
  • Brian Vickers pulls off surprise victory in Cup race at Loudon; Bowyer battles to 13th

    Brian Vickers pulls off surprise victory in Cup race at Loudon; Bowyer battles to 13th
    Surprise! The Michael Waltrip Racing driver almost everyone expected to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway wasn’t in Victory Lane. But his part-time teammate was. Making the most of his limited stint in MWR’s No. 55 Toyota, Brian Vickers...
  • Brad Keselowski nabs Loudon pole; Jimmie Johnson's time disallowed

    Brad Keselowski nabs Loudon pole; Jimmie Johnson's time disallowed
    Brad Keselowski didn't think his lap was fast enough. Jimmie Johnson was late to the grid after trouble getting through inspection.   Kurt Busch hit the rev limiter entering the first corner. Nevertheless, those three drivers were to lead the field to...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Your Cheatin' Heart

    The Backstretch Blog: Your Cheatin' Heart
    If there is one thing that is consistent when it comes to NASCAR penalties, is that there seems to be no consistency. At least that is the way it seems from the outside. I am sure that NASCAR actually has a very well thought out reasoned methodology to...
  • NASCAR's Juan Pablo Montoya fastest in Brickyard 400 practice

    INDIANAPOLIS — Juan Pablo Montoya turned the fastest lap Friday in the first practice session for NASCAR's Brickyard 400. Montoya, an Indianapolis 500 winner in 2000 who later migrated to NASCAR stock-car racing, posted a lap of 185.410 mph in his...
  • NASCAR Star Makes Pit-Stop in Harrisburg.

    NASCAR Star Makes Pit-Stop in Harrisburg.
    His brother, Kyle, is always making news on the race-track, but Kurt Busch is no racing slouch. He's number 6 in the Sprint cup standings and he is making a pit stop in Harrisburg. Busch is there for the grand opening of Mo-Mo's Barbeque and Grill. He...