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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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  • 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...
  • Stewart hires Steve Addington as crew chief

    Stewart hires Steve Addington as crew chief
    NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has fired Darian Grubb and hired a new crew chief. Stewart-Haas Racing says Steve Addington has taken over the No. 14 Chevrolet effective immediately. Addington quit as Kurt Busch's crew chief last week. Stewart won his...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch seeing sports psychologist

    NASCAR's Kurt Busch seeing sports psychologist
    Kurt Busch says he's seeing a sports psychologist to address "personal issues." Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR last week for verbally abusing an ESPN reporter and making an obscene gesture in his race car during the season finale at Homestead. NASCAR...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Crew Chief Wheel of Fortune...or Misfortune

    The Backstretch Blog: Crew Chief Wheel of Fortune...or Misfortune
    NASCAR's silly season (or the year end shuffling of drivers and personnel) seems to be sillier than ever this season. But not because of massive unexpected driver changes, save Kurt Busch. This off season is wild, because it's all about the crew chief....
  • Penske promotes Todd Gordon to No. 22 crew chief

    Penske promotes Todd Gordon to No. 22 crew chief
    Penske Racing has promoted Todd Gordon to crew chief of its No. 22 Dodge. The team does not have a driver yet since Kurt Busch left the organization last week after six seasons. Gordon led Penske's No. 22 team in the Nationwide Series to six wins and...
  • Penske hires Allmendinger to drive No. 22 car

    Penske hires Allmendinger to drive No. 22 car
    AJ Allmendinger hit the jackpot Wednesday. After losing his primary sponsor with Richard Petty's team, Roger Penske quickly hired the improving Sprint Cup driver to replace Kurt Busch in the No. 22 car. To Allmendinger, it's a perfect pairing. To the...
  • Busch gets new ride with Phoenix Racing

    Busch gets new ride with Phoenix Racing
    Kurt Busch has a new ride. Busch, who became one of NASCAR's most polarizing figures this past season, will return to the Sprint Cup series in 2012 to drive the No. 51 car for Phoenix Racing and owner James Finch. Busch told The Associated Press that...
  • Kurt Busch wins Pocono pole

    Kurt Busch's reward for slapping the wall at practice was a backup No. 22 Dodge that was better than his regular ride. For that, Busch had plenty of people to thank, starting with his team at Penske Racing. "Just an honest thank you to my guys," Busch...
  • Gordon's Win At Pocono One For the Record Books

    Jeff Gordon may be starting to feel his age, but he certainly didn’t show it in Sunday’s 5-Hour Energy 500 at Pocono Raceway. “I’m just so excited to be a part of this sport,” Gordon said in victory lane, after taking the...
  • Kurt Busch wins his third straight pole

    Kurt Busch won his third consecutive pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series at Michigan International Speedway with a lap of 188.699 miles per hour. Busch is sixth in the points standings and has finished in the top 10 three straight races. A second-...
  • He's driven to succeed

    CONCORD, N.C. — Every athlete or coach who has dogged the media would be wise to chat with Brad Keselowski for a few minutes. He would tell them the obvious: It's easier to make honey with reporters than to throw sour grapes at them. Metaphorically...