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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 rolls into Las Vegas with a parade, country music and fast cars

    NASCAR rolls into Las Vegas with a parade, country music and fast cars
    NASCAR rumbles into Las Vegas on Sunday, Mar. 8, when the Kobalt 400 takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the race, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ran out of gas on the final lap. While the race itself is the...
  • NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

    It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt. Dozens of cars were wrecked, and on the morning of NASCAR's season-opening showcase,...
  • Gordon's Family Leads Pack As He Readies For Final Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon will race in his final Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon free and easy, unburdened by all the demands that usually come along with the fire suit and driving the iconic No. 24 Chevy. House money, baby. Let it ride....
  • Joey Logano gives Roger Penske another Daytona 500 win

    Joey Logano had a shot to win the NASCAR championship last year. A flawed late pit stop cost him the chance, and he went into the offseason determined to get back into contention again. A win in the season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday gave Logano the...
  • Logano victory is pinnacle of a week in which NASCAR did itself proud

     Logano victory is pinnacle of a week in which NASCAR did itself proud
    DAYTONA BEACH — After the controversy and consternation of the last few days and all the star-crossed buzzard's luck of the last few years, the Daytona 500 got just what it needed on Sunday. A sunny honey of a day. Hard, clean racing. And...
  • Tony Stewart now 0-for-17 in NASCAR's Daytona 500

    Tony Stewart's Daytona 500 drought continues. Stewart was involved in a five-car accident early in NASCAR's season opener Sunday, sustaining enough damage to his No. 14 Chevrolet that it ended his chances of winning the "Great American Race." Stewart is...
  • Jeff Gordon's final Daytona 500 slowed by multicar crash

    Jeff Gordon's final Daytona 500 slowed by multicar crash
    Another chapter in Jeff Gordon's storied career was unfolding in the first half of the Daytona 500. Gordon has said this will be his last year in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, and the four-time champion hoped to kick off the year with his fourth Daytona...
  • Reed overcomes diabetes to win

    Reed overcomes diabetes to win
    DAYTONA BEACH — Before 20-year-old Ryan Reed beat NASCAR veterans Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, he had to deal with a far greater opponent: diabetes. "To be diagnosed four years ago with Type 1 diabetes, I thought I'd never...
  • Kurt Busch loses final appeal, stays suspended indefinitely

    Kurt Busch remains suspended and out of the Daytona 500. A final appeals officer upheld NASCAR's suspension Saturday night. Gulfstream President Bryan Moss made the decision, ending Busch's already-slim hopes of racing Sunday in the season opener. "We...
  • Kyle Busch injured in Xfinity Series race at Daytona

    Kyle Busch was taken to a hospital following a scary crash late in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. Busch's No. 54 Toyota shot straight through the frontstretch and slammed head-first into an interior wall....
  • NASCAR driver Kurt Busch loses appeal, remains suspended indefinitely

    NASCAR driver Kurt Busch loses appeal, remains suspended indefinitely
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kurt Busch remains suspended and out of the Daytona 500. A final appeals officer upheld NASCAR's suspension Saturday night. Gulfstream President Bryan Moss made the decision, ending Busch's already-slim hopes of racing Sunday in...