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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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  • James Buescher dodges wreck to win Daytona race

    James Buescher dodges wreck to win Daytona race
    James Buescher is the surprise winner of the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.     Buescher was in 11th place as he rounded the final turn but dodged and weaved through a massive wreck involving all the leaders.     Tony...
  • Crown Royal ending NASCAR team sponsorship

    Crown Royal will end its sponsorship with Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the year. Crown Royal has sponsored Matt Kenseth for the last two seasons. The company sponsored Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray before that. But Crown Royal said Tuesday it...
  • Kurt Busch says he's ending his marriage

    Former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch says he is legally separated from his wife and in the process of formally ending his marriage. Busch married Eva Bryan in 2006, three years to the day of them meeting on a blind date. Eva Busch has not been seen this...
  • Kyle Busch to start on pole for Kentucky Cup race

    Kyle Busch will be on the pole for the inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, grabbing the top spot after rain washed out qualifying and the starting order was based on practice times. Juan Pablo Montoya will start second in Saturday...
  • NASCAR: Newman holds off Stewart for Sprint Cup win in New Hampshire

    NASCAR: Newman holds off Stewart for Sprint Cup win in New Hampshire
    Ryan Newman capped off a banner weekend for Stewart-Haas Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway by winning Sunday's Lenox Industrial Tools 301. Newman, the pole sitter, conserved enough fuel and then held off his Stewart- Haas Racing teammate, Tony...
  • Ryan Newman Wins NHMS Pole

    Ryan Newman rocketed past the field, setting a new track record as he captured the pole position for Sunday's LENOX Industrial Tools 301.Behind the wheel of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet, Newman turned a lap of 135.232 mph in just over 28 seconds,...
  • Kurt Busch to sub for Keselowski in Nationwide

    Kurt Busch is taking the wheel for injured Penske teammate Brad Keselowski in NASCAR's Nationwide race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday. Busch says the team thinks "it's a smart move to let him (Keselowski) focus on just the Sprint Cup action...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Watkins Glen Ahead

    It's once again time for NASCAR to start making right turns again. This time it will be at the road course in Watkins Glen, New York. And just like Daytona and Talladega are the same, but very different, so too are the Glen and Infineon. "It's a...
  • Subbing for teammate, Kurt Busch wins first Nationwide race since 2006

    Subbing for Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch won Saturday’s Zippo 200 Nationwide Series race at Watkins Glen International in an event in which Busch and his brother, Kyle Busch, led every lap. Keselowski, who broke his ankle Aug....
  • They're all a bit punchy

    Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch have just been downgraded to the undercard in NASCAR's contentious Summer Slam Series. Make way for Greg Biffle and Boris Said. Their post-race road rage at Watkins Glen on Monday had all the feisty elements necessary for a...
  • Busch, Keselowski lead resurgent Penske team

    Kurt Busch and Brad Keselowski both appear on their way to NASCAR's season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. This weekend's race is in Michigan, which makes it even more important for the Penske Racing duo. Owner Roger Penske isn't...