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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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  • Ryan Newman's winless season may cloud NASCAR title celebration

    Ryan Newman may be considered an interloper among contenders for the 2014 NASCAR Cup Championship. He doesn't have a victory in 35 races this season, a glitch in the revised championship format that might have purists lamenting on the grave of their...
  • Ryan Newman's winless season may spoil championship celebration

    Ryan Newman's winless season may spoil championship celebration
    Ryan Newman may be considered an interloper among contenders for the 2014 NASCAR Cup Championship. He doesn't have a victory in 35 races this season, a glitch in the revised championship format that may have purists lamenting on the grave of their...
  • Kurt Busch will race despite domestic violence allegations

    Kurt Busch will race despite domestic violence allegations
    NASCAR officials are feeling the political squeeze for allowing Kurt Busch to race this weekend despite allegations of domestic abuse. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif) requested that Busch not compete in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race until his case is...
  • Brad Keselowski takes Geico 500 at Talladega

    Brad Keselowski takes Geico 500 at Talladega
    By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski battled Ryan Newman in the closing laps of the Geico 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, getting out front with drafting and blocking...
  • After Harvick wins and advances in Sprint Cup Chase, drivers brawl

    After Harvick wins and advances in Sprint Cup Chase, drivers brawl
    CONCORD, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick held off Jeff Gordon to win the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night and join Joey Logano in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Gordon finished second,...
  • Harvick wins Cup race at Charlotte, advances to next round

    CONCORD, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick held off Jeff Gordon to win the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night and join Joey Logano in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Gordon finished...
  • Kyle Busch wins pole for Bank of America 500

    CONCORD, N.C. — When the clock hit all zeros on the final round of Sprint Cup Series qualifying Thursday night, the usually even-keeled Dave Rogers almost sounded excited: "The fastest boys in Charlotte!" Rogers said to his No. 18 Joe Gibbs...
  • Gordon drives to victory at Dover

    Gordon drives to victory at Dover
    By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange DOVER, Del. — Jeff Gordon drove by Brad Keselowski in lapped traffic on Lap 305 of the 400-lap AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday and sailed on to his fourth win of...
  • Chase for the Sprint Cup whittled down to 12

    DOVER, Del. -- Jeff Gordon drove by Brad Keselowski in lapped traffic on lap 305 of the 400-lap AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday and sailed on to his fourth win of the 2014 season and his first win of the...
  • Harvick tops Dover qualifying for seventh pole this year

    Harvick tops Dover qualifying for seventh pole this year
    DOVER, Del. -- Kevin Harvick is starting from the optimum position after winning the pole for Sunday's AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN). The question is whether the driver known as "The Closer"...
  • For Joey Logano, There's Nothing Sweeter Than A Loudon Win

    For Joey Logano, There's Nothing Sweeter Than A Loudon Win
    LOUDON, N.H. – It was the home track makeup Joey Logano has been searching for for five years. As a rookie in 2009 with Joe Gibbs Racing, Logano won his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Although Logano'...