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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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  • Wild Night at Richmond: Harvick wins, Chase set, Bowyer Out

    Wild Night at Richmond: Harvick wins, Chase set, Bowyer Out
    Kevin Harvick snapped out of his slump in time to storm into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Harvick picked up his fourth win of the season Saturday night by winning at Richmond International Raceway. The victory ties Kyle Busch for most in...
  • Harvick wins Richmond NASCAR race; 12-driver field for Chase is set

    A lot happened in the wreck-filled NASCAR Sprint Cup Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway, but nothing changed. The 12 drivers positioned to make the Chase before Saturday's race will make up the field in Cup's 10-race playoff, which...
  • Losing cool hurts Kurt Busch's championship push

    Losing cool hurts Kurt Busch's championship push
    Another on-track incident with Jimmie Johnson had Kurt Busch confident he's finally rattling the five-time NASCAR champion. But Busch's actions said otherwise, particularly when he unraveled after Saturday night's race when asked about Johnson....
  • The Backstretch Blog: Let the Playoffs Begin

    The Backstretch Blog: Let the Playoffs Begin
    So there they are, the 12 drivers that will battle for NASCAR's top prize, the Sprint Cup. Exactly the 12 you had in right? Me, not so much. So first off let me apologize to Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt, Junior, Brad Keselowski and all...
  • Busch aggressive off the track too

    Love 'em or hate 'em, the Busch brothers are always in the mix when it comes to contentious relationships in NASCAR. Kurt Busch had to be restrained by team members along pit road in Richmond after an incident with NASCAR.com reporter Joe Menzer....
  • NASCAR at Richmond: Five storylines and five drivers to watch

    NASCAR at Richmond: Five storylines and five drivers to watch
    NASCAR's ends its first quarter this week, when it stops at Richmond International Raceway for a three-day show highlighted by the Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400 on Saturday. Racing begins on Thursday with the K&...
  • Richmond's spring race is an indicator of Chase qualifiers

    Pencil in Kyle Busch for a spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Big Doorstop. Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, too. Use soft lead, and keep an eraser handy, just in case. Winning the Matthew and Daniel Hansen Purple Bag Whisky 400 (as Busch did) or posting a...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Where there is Smoke, there is Fire

    The Backstretch Blog: Where there is Smoke, there is Fire
    Tony Stewart was not going to be denied. There is no doubt about it. From the time the green flag dropped on Sunday afternoon, to the moment that either Bob Packrass or Dustin Long shutdown the Homestead Media Center, this final race of the year had...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Busch League

    The Backstretch Blog: Busch League
    I have tried to like the Busch Brothers. I really have. I too have at times been a little salty, a little hard to get along with, and many times misunderstood. And I have long been a believer that NASCAR needs the guy in the black hat. Some one that...
  • No disrespect, but 3 is back on track

    The iconic No. 3 may be back in the Sprint Cup starting lineup one day, a possibility that may send some NASCAR fans into an emotional tizzy. That number belonged to Dale Earnhardt, the late, great Intimidator on the NASCAR circuit. Would it be...
  • NASCAR fines Kurt Busch $50,000 for poor behavior

    NASCAR fines Kurt Busch $50,000 for poor behavior
    NASCAR fined Kurt Busch $50,000 on Friday for his poor behavior during the Sprint Cup finale last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR cited both an obscene gesture Busch made inside his car and him being verbally abusive to a reporter in...