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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,...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Is it over if you lose at Dover?

    The Backstretch Blog: Is it over if you lose at Dover?
    After the race last week in New Hampshire, it really looks like the Chase for the Championship is a three team race, with everyone trying to catch Matt Kenseth. So I'll the question, for everyone other than Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson...Is it...
  • Kevin Harvick wins at Kansas to put a dent in Matt Kenseth's Chase lead

    Kevin Harvick wins at Kansas to put a dent in Matt Kenseth's Chase lead
    Kevin Harvick crashed the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup party. Kyle Busch simply crashed-at a track that continues to bedevil him. And with a bizarre power failure in the last two laps, Johnson failed to cash in decisively on Matt Kenseth's...
  • Gordon takes pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Bowyer will start 14th

    Gordon takes pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Bowyer will start 14th
    Jeff Gordon won the pole Thursday night for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.     Gordon turned a lap at 194.308 mph to edge Kevin Harvick for his ninth pole at Charlotte, the second most in track history.     Greg Biffle qualified...
  • Keselowski crashes Chase party at Charlotte; Bowyer finishes 11th

    Keselowski crashes Chase party at Charlotte; Bowyer finishes 11th
    Brad Keselowski proved once again Saturday night that quality and timing trump quantity.   Keselowski led 11 laps in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kasey Kahne led 138. Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson led...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Night Moves

    The Backstretch Blog: Night Moves
    Turn on the lights and let's get this party started, the Kansas Speedway is getting a night race. I have to say, I'm pretty partial to racing under the lights. Not only do the cars look prettier and faster, but the atmosphere is just far more festive. I...
  • 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...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Nothin' could be finer than a return to Carolina (or could it?)

    The Backstretch Blog: Nothin' could be finer than a return to Carolina  (or could it?)
    It's been one of the hot topics all week long. Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith said earlier this week that he may move the track's fall race to Las Vegas. Smith has become pretty good at this game. It's not the first time he has...
  • 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...
  • Matt Kenseth wins Nationwide race at Daytona

    Matt Kenseth wins Nationwide race at Daytona
    Matt Kenseth has won the Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.     Kenseth was leading when the race resumed with two laps to go following a red-flag stoppage of nearly 10 minutes. James Buescher hooked onto his back bumper and the...
  • Matt Every leads Greenbrier Classic; Phil Mickelson misses cut

    Matt Every shot an eight-under 62 on Friday for a one-stroke lead over five other players midway through the Greenbrier Classic at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Every is at nine under for the tournament, one stroke in front of Russell Henley (65), Bill...