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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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  • Almirola wins rain-shortened Coke Zero 400

    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange Almirola wins rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Aric Almirola was the beneficiary of a rain shower that made him the winner of the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at...
  • Almirola nabs first career win

    The Sports Xchange Almirola nabs first career win By Seth Livingstone NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The rain and the wrecks kept on coming at Daytona International Speedway in Sunday's 56th running of...
  • Almirola, No. 43 win rain-shortened Daytona race

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. After the weather had put its final soggy stamp on the weekend at Daytona International Speedway, one of NASCAR's iconic cars ended up the winner of the Coke Zero 400. Aric Almirola, driver of Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43 Ford,...
  • Notebook: Busch laments missed opportunity

    The Sports Xchange Notebook: Busch laments missed opportunity By Seth Livingstone NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kurt Busch wasn't blaming NASCAR for putting a halt to Sunday's racing at Daytona. He was...
  • Daytona's demolition derby clears the way for Almirola

    Daytona's demolition derby clears the way for Almirola
    DAYTONA BEACH — After winning his first Sprint Cup race Sunday, Aric Almirola thanked the fans, his pit crew, God, his sponsors, Richard Petty and Mother Nature, who was kind enough to deluge Daytona at just the right moment. He also should have...
  • Aric Almirola wins rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

    Aric Almirola has won the rain-delayed and rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway, putting Richard Petty's famed No. 43 in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999. Almirola's unexpected win came on the same weekend...
  • Johnson bumped from 2nd spot in standings

    Johnson bumped from 2nd spot in standings
    DAYTONA BEACH — Defending Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson was one of two drivers to not return following Sunday's 16-car Lap 21 wreck in the Coke Zero 400 and was awarded only two points in the standings. "I don't know what triggered it or what...
  • Almirola pilots No. 43 to rain-shortened Daytona win

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. After the weather had put its final soggy stamp on the weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Aric Almirola drove one of NASCAR's iconic cars to victory in the Coke Zero 400. Almirola, driver of Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43...
  • A lot on the line at Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The pressures that come with racing at Daytona International Speedway will be there as usual Saturday night. For drivers at either end of the Sprint Cup spectrum, the Coke Zero 400 doesn't match NASCAR's season-opening Daytona 500 for...
  • Gilliland tops rain-shortened Daytona qualifying

    The Sports Xchange Gilliland tops rain-shortened Daytona qualifying By Seth Livingstone NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- No one knew what to expect when knockout NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying came...
  • The Green Flag: Daytona a wild card ... emphasis on wild

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Daytona a wild card ... emphasis on wild By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange It's time for the majority of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers to take their best shots. Currently,...