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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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  • Daytona Duels should set pole as well as entire field for Great American Race

    Daytona Duels should set pole as well as entire field for Great American Race
    DAYTONA BEACH — Darrell Waltrip has famously said, "You know what's NASCAR's favorite saying is? 'If it isn't broken, we'll work on it until it is.' '' Anybody who watched The Bizarro World concept of Daytona 500 group qualifying Sunday...
  • Jeff Gordon wins Daytona 500 pole after qualifying chaos

    Jeff Gordon wins Daytona 500 pole after qualifying chaos
    DAYTONA BEACH — Jeff Gordon won the pole Sunday afternoon for the 57th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. Or maybe he hit bingo. Rock, paper, scissors. Or spun the roulette wheel and let it ride on his favorite number, 24. That's kind of how...
  • Can Sunday's Daytona 500 build on the ratings momentum generated by the crazy qualifying?

    Can Sunday's Daytona 500 build on the ratings momentum generated by the crazy qualifying?
    Maybe NASCAR has it right after all. Maybe it should hold its version of the Super Bowl first on the schedule instead of last. By the time NASCAR's Sprint Cup series ends in November only the racing die-hards seem to pay much attention considering we'...
  • Trevor Bayne looks to recapture Daytona 500 magic carpet ride

     Trevor Bayne looks to recapture Daytona 500 magic carpet ride
    CHARLOTTE – Trevor Bayne. Remember him? He won the Daytona 500 in 2011 as a 20-year-old. Youngest winner in the history of the Great American Race. Cool Kid. Fabulous story. We were all amazed and smitten, conjuring up the ghost of the late...
  • Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick race on after fractured relationships

    MIAMI - NASCAR has always been about families. Families that stay together. Families that break up. Look around the garage on any given Sunday and you will see the effects of those fractured relationships. Ryan Newman was deemed expendable by Stewart-...
  • Richmond's spring race is an indicator of Chase qualifiers

    Pencil in Kyle Busch for a spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Big Doorstop. Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards, too. Use soft lead, and keep an eraser handy, just in case. Winning the Matthew and Daniel Hansen Purple Bag Whisky 400 (as Busch did) or posting a...
  • Kevin Harvick finds strength in family, friends during championship ride

    Kevin Harvick finds strength in family, friends during championship ride
    The most ironic twist to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship plotlines involved a guy nicknamed "Happy." He wasn't. Kevin Harvick raced hard for Richard Childress last season, but in many ways he also had punched out the clock. He was done there,...
  • Danica Patrick remains NASCAR queen of polarizing crossfire

    Danica Patrick remains NASCAR queen of polarizing crossfire
    Danica Patrick seems intent on immersing herself in NASCAR controversy lately. She is feuding with Joey Logano. She is ripping NASCAR's diversity program. She is complaining about qualifying at Talladega after her boyfriend got bounced. Here's a...
  • Ryan Newman's winless season may spoil championship celebration

    Ryan Newman's winless season may spoil championship celebration
    Ryan Newman may be considered an interloper among contenders for the 2014 NASCAR Cup Championship. He doesn't have a victory in 35 races this season, a glitch in the revised championship format that may have purists lamenting on the grave of their...
  • Richard Petty: Still King of NASCAR at 75

    Richard Petty: Still King of NASCAR at 75
    He will climb atop of one of the team haulers Saturday night as he always does, finding solitude in the roar of 43 engines churning along Daytona's super-speedway. The moonlit skies will cast an iconic silhouette of a tall, slim man wearing sunglasses, a...
  • Joe Gibbs, Kurt Busch among intriguing stories in expanded Chase

    Joe Gibbs remains the only coach to win Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks. Almost as remarkable, none of the three — Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien — has a Canton zip code. More than two decades removed from his...