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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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  • Jeff Gordon: Kyle Larson is NASCAR's Rookie of the Year

    Jeff Gordon: Kyle Larson is NASCAR's Rookie of the Year
    Jeff Gordon should know a little bit about going fast. On Friday, Gordon, who is winding up "an amazing week" that began with a win in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, threw his support for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year behind 22-...
  • Kyle Larson edges Joey Logano for Pocono pole

    LONG POND, Pa. It's not his first time starting out front, but it is Kyle Larson's first Sprint Cup Series pole. Larson's track-record lap at 183.438 mph in the third and final round of Friday's knockout qualifying session edged Joey Logano to take the...
  • Hamlin remains confident despite crew chief suspension

    The Sports Xchange Hamlin remains confident despite crew chief suspension By Seth Livingstone, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange LONG POND, Pa. -- Denny Hamlin isn't expecting his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to miss a beat, even with...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Aric Almirola wins rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

    Aric Almirola has won the rain-delayed and rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway, putting Richard Petty's famed No. 43 in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999. Almirola's unexpected win came on the same weekend...
  • Brendan Gaughan wins Nationwide race at Road America

    Brendan Gaughan wins Nationwide race at Road America
    Brendan Gaughan took the lead after a green-white-checkered restart at Elkhart Lake, Wis., then held on to win the rain-soaked and wild NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America on Saturday. Alex Tagliani was second, followed by Kevin O'Connell,...
  • McMurray wins pole for Sunday's NASCAR race in Sonoma

    SONOMA, Calif. -- Jamie McMurray saved the best for last on Saturday in winning the pole for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in record time. The last driver to make his first attempt in the 10-minute second round of NASCAR Sprint Cup...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins for the first time at Pocono

     
    The most popular driver in NASCAR was the big winner at Pocono on Sunday. Finally. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., overtook Brad Keselowski on the 155th lap of 160 and held on for a thrilling victory in the Pocono 400. With thousands of people in the grandstand on...
  • Denny Hamlin earns pole position for Sprint Cup race at Pocono

    Denny Hamlin earns pole position for Sprint Cup race at Pocono
    Denny Hamlin won the pole the first time he ever raced at Pocono Raceway. Eight years later, Hamlin still had the speed in the No. 11 Toyota to take the top spot at the triangle track. Hamlin turned a track record-lap of 181.415 mph Friday to win the...
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay wins Indianapolis 500 for the first time

    In qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay could manage no better than 19th-fastest in the 33-car field, which left him puzzled. “It's a head-scratcher,” Hunter-Reay said at the time. “But the race is the only thing...