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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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  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • Marco Andretti, in sixth position, is primed for fastest Indy field

    Marco Andretti was rolling along on the highway from New York City to Nazareth, Pa., the other day, so it was a good time to talk Indy 500. He is great in such phone conversations because, like his time behind the racing wheel, he is never on cruise...
  • NASCAR's Chase leads weekend's motor racing

     
    A bit of controversy hangs over the start of NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup, the 10-race championship playoff that opens Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, with four wins apiece in the Sprint Cup......
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch apologizes for outburst, loses crew chief

     
    It has been a ragged ending to the season for NASCAR's Busch brothers. Two weeks after Kyle Busch was severely reprimanded for intentionally wrecking a rival driver, his older brother Kurt Busch and his Penske Racing team apologized Tuesday for......
  • For NASCAR's Kurt Busch, a dearth of options

     
    Having split with Penske Racing, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch says he's searching for a way to "put the fun back into racing for me," seeing a sports psychologist and trying to "grow as a person and be a better driver."......
  • Kurt Busch fired from Penske for obscene tirade toward ESPN reporter

     
    Penske Racing plans to fire Kurt Busch for an obscene tirade towards NASCAR reporter Dr. Jerry Punch Nov. 25 at the Homestead Miami Speedway Speedway reports the Charlotte Observer. He was already fined $50,000 for the incident, which can be seen on...