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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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  • No fine for Ryan Newman's comments

    No fine for Ryan Newman's comments
    NASCAR said Tuesday that Ryan Newman will not be fined for his rebuke of NASCAR on live television following a late accident at Talladega.     Newman's race ended Sunday in a 12-car accident when Kurt Busch's car barrel-rolled on top of his car.    ...
  • Kurt Busch wins Darlington pole with a track-record run; Bowyer 13th

    Kurt Busch wins Darlington pole with a track-record run; Bowyer 13th
    A day after driving an IndyCar at 218 mph during rookie orientation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch put his No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet SS on the pole for Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway—and he did so...
  • Matt Kenseth surges to third 2013 victory at Darlington; Bowyer battles back to finish 11th

    Matt Kenseth surges to third 2013 victory at Darlington; Bowyer battles back to finish 11th
    Unsinkable. Unsinkable Matt Kenseth capped a banner week for unsinkable Joe Gibbs Racing with a victory in Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway with a substitute crew chief on his pit box—the unsinkable Wally Brown....
  • Harvick wins at Richmond; Bowyer second

    Harvick wins at Richmond; Bowyer second
    Kevin Harvick sped away on fresh tires to win Sunday night’s Toyota Owners 400 in a green-white-checkered-flag finish at Richmond International Raceway, leaving a group of drivers with widely divergent emotions in his wake. Harvick beat Clint...
  • The Backstretch Blog: (Michigan) Speed

    The Backstretch Blog: (Michigan) Speed
    There is one word that keeps coming up over and over when it comes to this weekend's race at the Michigan International Speedway. Fast. I know, all intermediate tracks are fast, but drivers say that since the repave, this may be the fastest of them all....
  • Biffle claims fourth career victory at MIS; Bowyer battles back to 7th

    Biffle claims fourth career victory at MIS; Bowyer battles back to 7th
    Greg Biffle feels right at home at Michigan International Speedway.   He took the lead for good on a late restart and ran away from the field in the closing laps to win Sunday's Quicken Loans 400. The No. 16 Ford driver won his second straight race...
  • Edwards captures pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400; Bowyer a disappointing 27th

    Edwards captures pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400; Bowyer a disappointing 27th
    A day after he drove one of the first American race cars, Carl Edwards captured the pole for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400. Edwards, the sixth driver on the track Friday afternoon, recorded the fastest lap of the day at 202.452 mph to win the Coors Light...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Gotta love the triangle, I must say

    The Backstretch Blog: Gotta love the triangle, I must say
    Sometimes I know I date myself with some of my pop culture references, and yet I can help myself. The strange grinning man in the photo is 80's SNL character Ed Grimley and he love the triangle. This week, so do I. For all the complaining NASCAR fans do...
  • Late caution, correct pit call, aggressive restart put Harvick in victory lane at Richmond

    Late caution, correct pit call, aggressive restart put Harvick in victory lane at Richmond
    RICHMOND — Richmond International Raceway is billed as the "action track." And from the famous 1986 Darrell Waltrip-Dale Earnhardt duel to the 2008 Kyle-Busch-Dale Earnhardt Jr. battle to the Nelson Piquet-Brian Scott slugfest Friday, it often has...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Yes Virginia, There is a NASCAR Police

    The Backstretch Blog: Yes Virginia, There is a NASCAR Police
    In case you haven't noticed, the NASCAR police has been very busy over the last week or so. From Penske to Gibbs, names that have not normally been in the spotlight are getting busted too. So is NASCAR being unusually harsh on teams? "We've got the...
  • David Ragan scores wild, rainy win at Talladega

    David Ragan scores wild, rainy win at Talladega
    TALLADEGA, Ala. — Talladega is always a race of attrition and lottery luck. It was amped up to the fullest on a rainy Sunday afternoon when a guy who was a 100-1 longshot won the race, followed by a teammate racing with a good-luck pink sticky...