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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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  • Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch win Budweiser Duel at Daytona

    Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch win Budweiser Duel at Daytona
    Kyle Busch can send a thank-you note to Jeff Gordon And Kevin Harvick is two for two. In Thursday's second Budweiser Duel 150-mile qualifying race at Daytona International Speedway, Busch inherited the lead when Gordon, who had led all but one lap...
  • Last lap wreck at Daytona injures fans, mars Tony Stewart's Nationwide victory

    Last lap wreck at Daytona injures fans, mars Tony Stewart's Nationwide victory
    Tony Stewart won Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway, but the elation of his victory disappeared in the wake of a heart-stopping wreck that saw Kyle Larson's car demolished after flying into the crossover gate that provides...
  • Hamlin could be fired up for Vegas NASCAR race

    Maybe Denny Hamlin can channel his fury over his $25,000 fine from NASCAR into a fast finish at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.     Hamlin got docked for his pessimistic comments about the new Gen-6 car, yet most drivers think Sunday's race is their...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Raising Arizona

    The Backstretch Blog: Raising Arizona
    Two races to go, three drivers with any kind of chance of winning the Sprint Cup Championship. So obviously the stakes at Phoenix International Raceway, are rising. The stakes are probably the highest for Clint Bowyer, as his margin for error is the...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Storybook Endings

    The Backstretch Blog: Storybook Endings
    So here we are, about to close the book on another NASCAR season. And all I can say is wow. Think about it, we started with a driver smashing into a jet dryer on the track at the Daytona 500 and last week we had a driver running through the garage in a...
  • Record laps give Jimmie Johnson pole; Bowyer starts 16th

    Record laps give Jimmie Johnson pole; Bowyer starts 16th
    The clouds rolled in right on cue and Jimmie Johnson rolled out to the grid -- late to Friday's qualifying session at Pocono Raceway. Inspection issues delayed Johnson's arrival at the head of the qualifying queue and just may have been a contributing...
  • Kahne beats teammate Gordon in two-lap dash for Pocono win; Bowyer 14th

    Kahne beats teammate Gordon in two-lap dash for Pocono win; Bowyer 14th
    Taking advantage of a caution, Kasey Kahne buried his car into Turn 1 with two laps left and grabbed a win from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon in Sunday's GoBowling.com NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.    Kahne picked up his...
  • Five take-aways from weekend's NASCAR, IndyCar races

    1. The battle to get into NASCAR's Chase for the Cup remains as tight as ever. Twelve drivers qualify for the 10-race playoff: the top 10 in points after 26 races along with two wild-card drivers who have the most wins among those 11th to 20th in points....
  • The Backstretch Blog: It's Tricky

    The Backstretch Blog: It's Tricky
    Weren't we just in Pocono? It certainly feels like it.  Such is the NASCAR scedule. But even though the Sprint Cup series was just at the Tricky Triangle in June,  it doesn't race exactly the same. "A few weeks ago when we were at Pocono, I feel like...
  • Marcos Ambrose takes Cup pole at Watkins Glen; Clint Bowyer is second

    Marcos Ambrose takes Cup pole at Watkins Glen; Clint Bowyer is second
    Marcos Ambrose has won the Sprint Cup pole at Watkins Glen International for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen on Sunday.     It was the third career pole for Ambrose, who has won the past two Cup races at The Glen. He turned a fast lap of 128.281 mph...
  • Logano sets track record in qualifying at Michigan; Bowyer will start 11th

    Logano sets track record in qualifying at Michigan; Bowyer will start 11th
    Joey Logano raced to one of the fastest qualifying speeds in NASCAR history Friday, winning the pole at Michigan International Speedway at 203.949 mph.     Logano broke the track record set by Marcos Ambrose last year. Ambrose's mark of 203.241 mph...