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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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  • Watch Will Power crew member get clipped by Scott Dixon on pit row

    Watch Will Power crew member get clipped by Scott Dixon on pit row
      It's dangerous on pit row. During the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Will Power and Scott Dixon took pit stops at the same time. Power had to pull in at a sharp angle because Dixon's pit was right behind his, leaving the back end of his car sticking...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch reportedly to join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014

    NASCAR's Kurt Busch reportedly to join Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014
    Former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch reportedly will join Stewart-Haas Racing next season as the team expands to four cars in the Sprint Cup Series. Busch told ESPN and Fox Sports he plans to join the team in a multi-year deal, and Stewart-Haas announced a...
  • NASCAR's Stewart-Haas Racing confirms Kurt Busch will join team

    NASCAR's Stewart-Haas Racing confirms Kurt Busch will join team
    The NASCAR team Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed Tuesday that it will expand to four cars in the Sprint Cup Series next season with the addition of former champion Kurt Busch. Stewart-Haas is co-owned by three-time Cup champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas,...
  • Logano sets track record in qualifying at Michigan; Bowyer will start 11th

    Logano sets track record in qualifying at Michigan; Bowyer will start 11th
    Joey Logano raced to one of the fastest qualifying speeds in NASCAR history Friday, winning the pole at Michigan International Speedway at 203.949 mph.     Logano broke the track record set by Marcos Ambrose last year. Ambrose's mark of 203.241 mph...
  • Joey Logano takes Sprint Cup win in Michigan

    Joey Logano takes Sprint Cup win in Michigan
    BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Joey Logano boosted his chances of reaching the Chase for the Sprint Cup, winning for the first time this season in a fuel-mileage race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Logano and Kevin Harvick both breezed past Mark...
  • Five thoughts on NASCAR at Michigan, NHRA's Ron Capps and more

    Looking back at the weekend in motor racing -- including the NASCAR race in Michigan, NHRA drag racing in Minnesota and the motocross event in Utah -- five things come to mind: 1. Clint Bowyer keeps rolling. The headlines naturally went to Joey Logano...
  • Kyle Busch wins Atlanta; Clint Bowyer blows engine leading the race

    Kyle Busch wins Atlanta; Clint Bowyer blows engine leading the race
    Kyle Busch locked up his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with his fourth victory of the year Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.     Busch emerged with the lead after a rapid-fire series of caution flags near the end, and he held...
  • 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...