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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kurt Busch relishes underdog role in last chance to make NASCAR's Chase

    RICHMOND — Kurt Busch is a past Sprint Cup Series champion and currently holds a six-point cushion for 10th place in the Cup standings: the final automatic position into the Chase. And yet the question about whether he felt like an underdog to...
  • Gordon wins pole at Richmond, Bowyer starts forth

    Gordon wins pole at Richmond, Bowyer starts forth
    Jeff Gordon will try to race his way into NASCAR's playoffs from the pole position.     The four-time champion turned a track-record qualifying lap of 130.599 mph at Richmond International Raceway on Friday night to win his 73rd career pole position, and...
  • Carl Edwards wins at Richmond; Brad Keselowski doesn't make Chase

    Carl Edwards wins at Richmond; Brad Keselowski doesn't make Chase
    Carl Edwards won the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday and finished as the Sprint Cup Series regular-season points leader as NASCAR heads into its 10-race Chase, starting Sept. 15 at Chicagoland. Edwards' victory was...
  • Edwards wins Richmond; Bowyer takes 8th seed, controversy into the chase

    Edwards wins Richmond; Bowyer takes 8th seed, controversy into the chase
    NASCAR will have a new champion this year as the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will go on without Brad Keselowski.     The reigning champion failed to make the 12-driver Chase on Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, where an ill-...
  • Bowyer's spin benefits teammate, clouds finish to Chase-setting race at Richmond

     Bowyer's spin benefits teammate, clouds finish to Chase-setting race at Richmond
    RICHMOND — Two lessons were learned from Saturday's Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday about the affect of teammates in setting the 12-driver field for the Chase for the championship: One unsettling, mudding the regular-...
  • Ryan Newman adds to flurry of NASCAR drivers changing teams

    Ryan Newman adds to flurry of NASCAR drivers changing teams
    The NASCAR team Richard Childress Racing said Monday it signed Ryan Newman to drive its No. 31 Chevrolet next year in the Sprint Cup Series. Newman currently drives the No. 39 Chevy for Stewart-Haas Racing but was not re-signed by that team for 2014....