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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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  • 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...
  • Kasey Kahne wins 1st career race at Bristol; Bowyer is fifth

    Kasey Kahne wins 1st career race at Bristol; Bowyer is fifth
    Kasey Kahne won a Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first time Sunday after Brad Keselowski struggled on the final restart. Tempers flared after the race. Joey Logano leaned inside the car window of former teammate Denny Hamlin to...
  • Richard Petty: Still King of NASCAR at 75

    Richard Petty: Still King of NASCAR at 75
    He will climb atop of one of the team haulers Saturday night as he always does, finding solitude in the roar of 43 engines churning along Daytona's super-speedway. The moonlit skies will cast an iconic silhouette of a tall, slim man wearing sunglasses, a...
  • Ragan tops Kahne for Brickyard 400 pole

    Ragan tops Kahne for Brickyard 400 pole
    David Ragan continued to be hot in the month of July by winning Saturday's qualifying session for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jimmie Johnson held the provisional pole for most of the session until Ragan, who was 44th in the 48-...
  • NASCAR's Gibbs releases Denny Hamlin's crew chief

     
    Joe Gibbs Racing said Tuesday it released Mike Ford as crew chief for NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin after a disappointing year for the driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota. "Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing appreciate what Mike has done......
  • NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday on SPEED

     
    2012 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race airs Saturday, May 19, beginning at 7pm ET on SPEED. The 28th NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race takes place Saturday, May 19, at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with the winner receiving a $1 million prize. Drivers qualify by...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch signs with Phoenix Racing

     
    Former champion Kurt Busch said Thursday he plans to drive for the small team of Phoenix Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next year....
  • My five favorite NASCAR drivers with the press

     
    As NASCAR fans know, there will be no Kurt Busch today at Pocono after he had another incident with a reporter last week at Dover. The thing about NASCAR is that most of these guys are great with the press. It's one of the reasons the sport gained in...
  • For NASCAR's Kurt Busch, a dearth of options

     
    Having split with Penske Racing, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch says he's searching for a way to "put the fun back into racing for me," seeing a sports psychologist and trying to "grow as a person and be a better driver."......
  • Kurt Busch fired from Penske for obscene tirade toward ESPN reporter

     
    Penske Racing plans to fire Kurt Busch for an obscene tirade towards NASCAR reporter Dr. Jerry Punch Nov. 25 at the Homestead Miami Speedway Speedway reports the Charlotte Observer. He was already fined $50,000 for the incident, which can be seen on...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch apologizes for outburst, loses crew chief

     
    It has been a ragged ending to the season for NASCAR's Busch brothers. Two weeks after Kyle Busch was severely reprimanded for intentionally wrecking a rival driver, his older brother Kurt Busch and his Penske Racing team apologized Tuesday for......