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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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  • Jimmie on the spot: NASCAR star pursues Jordan-esque milestone

    Jimmie on the spot: NASCAR star pursues Jordan-esque milestone
    NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson has gotten Michael Jordan's attention. "You haven't won anything until you've won six titles," Jordan recently teased Johnson, winner of five straight NASCAR Sprint Cup titles. Johnson, though, could help pave the way to his...
  • Call it the chase before the Chase

    It's shaping up to be a wild ride as NASCAR heads into the last two regular-season races (Atlanta, Sunday night) and Richmond (Sept. 10) before the 12-driver field is set for the Chase. Five guys are in: Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Carl...
  • Kasey Kahne wins Atlanta pole

    Kasey Kahne will start from the pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, one spot ahead of Clint Bowyer, as two longshots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship will have another shot at a much-needed win. Kahne, who called Atlanta Motor...
  • Gordon holds on at Atlanta for 85th career win

    Jeff Gordon dominated much of the rain-delayed AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday and then won a duel with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson for his third Sprint Cup Series win of the season. Gordon held about a 2-second lead...
  • Tony Stewart starts Chase with his first win of the season

     Tony Stewart starts Chase with his first win of the season
    Winless no more. Poor-mouthing Tony Stewart, who four days ago minimized his chances for a third Sprint Cup title, outlasted the field in Monday’s rain-delayed Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Saving fuel during a 50-lap green-flag run to the...
  • Kurt Busch grills up some Kansas home cookin'

    Kurt Busch grills up some Kansas home cookin'
    Taking a quick break from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch stopped in Kansas City today to learn some secrets to what makes Kansas City barbeque famous. Busch, who will return to Kansas City for the Oct. 9 Hollywood Casino...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Kurt Busch serves up confidence and BBQ

    The Backstretch Blog: Kurt Busch serves up confidence and BBQ
    Kurt Busch seemed relaxed as he stood over the girl at Jack Stacks BBQ in Kansas City. The Las Vegas native was in town to learn the secret of KC BBQ and to help promote next week's race at the Kansas Speedway. "I enjoy jumping out on to the gril,"...
  • Something up sleeve?

    There are two ways this can go for Jimmie Johnson: He will either be celebrating his sixth consecutive NASCAR title, or … The other possibility is obvious after some bouncy finishes of late — perhaps there is a flicker of self-doubt in...
  • Biffle on the pole, Edwards second at Kansas

    Biffle on the pole, Edwards second at Kansas
    Carl Edwards will start on the front row for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, giving him an advantage over fellow Chase leader Kevin Harvick. The two drivers are tied for the lead with seven races left. Greg Biffle will start on the pole...
  • Bowyer among 14 drivers vying for final 4 berths in Chase field

    Nine drivers have already clinched spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. NASCAR's new wild-card provision has left a variety of possibilities for the final four positions headed into Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway....
  • 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...