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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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  • Five take-aways from weekend's NASCAR, IndyCar races

    1. The battle to get into NASCAR's Chase for the Cup remains as tight as ever. Twelve drivers qualify for the 10-race playoff: the top 10 in points after 26 races along with two wild-card drivers who have the most wins among those 11th to 20th in points....
  • The Backstretch Blog: It's Tricky

    The Backstretch Blog: It's Tricky
    Weren't we just in Pocono? It certainly feels like it.  Such is the NASCAR scedule. But even though the Sprint Cup series was just at the Tricky Triangle in June,  it doesn't race exactly the same. "A few weeks ago when we were at Pocono, I feel like...
  • Marcos Ambrose takes Cup pole at Watkins Glen; Clint Bowyer is second

    Marcos Ambrose takes Cup pole at Watkins Glen; Clint Bowyer is second
    Marcos Ambrose has won the Sprint Cup pole at Watkins Glen International for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Sunday.     It was the third career pole for Ambrose, who has won the past two Cup races at The Glen. He turned a fast lap of 128.281 mph...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...