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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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  • Watch Danica Patrick's boyfriend wreck her car in race [video]

    Watch Danica Patrick's boyfriend wreck her car in race [video]
    Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the NASCAR drivers as well as loving couple, got together on the race track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night, and it wasn't in a good way. During Lap 319 of the Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600,...
  • Denny Hamlin wins second straight pole at the Monster Mile; Bowyer starts 15th

    Denny Hamlin wins second straight pole at the Monster Mile; Bowyer starts 15th
    A broken back hasn't slowed Denny Hamlin down, as his competitors in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series learned once again during Friday's qualifying session for Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. Sidelined for five...
  • Denny Hamlin seizes Charlotte pole with record lap; Bowyer starts 5th

    Denny Hamlin seizes Charlotte pole with record lap; Bowyer starts 5th
      For Denny Hamlin, Thursday night’s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway felt like a victory--and it came from pushing his car to the absolute limit. Hamlin, who missed four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season because of a...
  • Quick work on pit road nets Edwards pole for Sprint All-Star Race; Bowyer is 6th; Truex wins Showdown pole

    Quick work on pit road nets Edwards pole for Sprint All-Star Race; Bowyer is 6th; Truex wins Showdown pole
    Needless to say, Carl Edwards loved the new qualifying format for Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race. Benefiting from a high-speed trip down pit road and a quick pit stop during the unique three-lap regimen in Friday’s time trials,...
  • The Backstretch Blog: The 2012 Backstretchies

    The Backstretch Blog: The 2012 Backstretchies
    There are plenty of postseason awards in NASCAR, so I figure why not add my two cents worth.  But you know me, I can't just give out the "best driver" or "comeback awards", that is boring. So with out further ado, time to give out the "Backstretchies."...
  • Busch seeking perfect finish at Darlington

    Busch seeking perfect finish at Darlington
    Kurt Busch never stops hoping for the perfect finish at Darlington Raceway. It was 10 years ago that Busch came up an agonizing .002 seconds shy of victory to Ricky Craven at the track "Too Tough To Tame." Busch says he's seen replays of the final few...
  • 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...
  • 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...