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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Stewart aims for '14 Daytona return

    Stewart aims for '14 Daytona return
    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Tony Stewart asserted Tuesday at the Stewart-Haas race shop that his broken bones would mend in time for the 2014 Daytona 500 and that the organization he co-owns with Gene Haas was never fractured in the first place. Holding his...
  • 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...
  • Kyle Busch seals Chase place with win

    Kyle Busch seals Chase place with win
    HAMPTON, Ga. -- On a night when the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski saw his hopes of making this year's Chase for the Championship all but go up in smoke, Kyle Busch came out of nowhere Sunday to win the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor...
  • Kyle Busch wins NASCAR's AdvoCare 500

     Kyle Busch wins NASCAR's AdvoCare 500
    HAMPTON, Ga. — In a feisty and long night Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch won the AdvoCare 500. The next-to-last race before the Chase field is set greatly ratcheted up the pressure — and the stakes — for drivers on the...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...