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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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  • Did NASCAR help Brad Keselowsi "steal" a race from Kurt Busch?

    Did NASCAR help Brad Keselowsi "steal" a race from Kurt Busch?
    Brad Keselowski admittedly “stole” a race from Kurt Busch last weekend in Fontana. The question is whether NASCAR was his accomplice. Short answer: Of course not. But it’s complicated. NASCAR’s nebulous and mysterious and...
  • Brad Keselowski holds off Harvick late, wins at Fontana

    While Kevin Harvick chased Kurt Busch down the stretch in a battle of the best cars in the Fontana field, Brad Keselowski was buried in 17th place — until the yellow flags started flying. A caution for debris allowed Keselowski to move up to sixth....
  • Brad Keselowski passes Kurt Busch on last lap to win Auto Club 400

    Brad Keselowski passes Kurt Busch on last lap to win Auto Club 400
    It's becoming a rule of thumb that it's best not to leave a NASCAR race early at Auto Club Speedway. Not even with just two laps left. For the third time in as many years, the Sprint Cup Series race in Fontana was settled either on the last lap or in an...
  • Kurt Busch making most of his return to NASCAR following suspension

    Kurt Busch making most of his return to NASCAR following suspension
    Given the opportunity to come back to NASCAR, Kurt Busch has done so with a vengeance. Since NASCAR lifted its suspension of Busch on March 11 amid domestic-violence allegations against the driver, Busch has returned to racing with laser-like resolve....
  • Sprint Cup leader Kevin Harvick: Two races aren't always better than one

    FONTANA, Calif. Kevin Harvick is one of 10 Californians who showed up Friday to qualify to drive in Sunday's Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race. Hailing from Bakersfield, Calif., he loves coming home to perform for family and friends. He used to race in...
  • Kurt Busch wins pole position for NASCAR race in Fontana

    Kurt Busch wins pole position for NASCAR race in Fontana
    Kurt Busch won the pole position Friday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, his second race since being reinstated after a suspension. Busch's No. 41 Chevrolet will lead the field Sunday after he turned the fastest lap (185....
  • NASCAR does right -- twice -- in Kurt Busch domestic violence case

    NASCAR does right -- twice -- in Kurt Busch domestic violence case
    NASCAR did the right thing by suspending Kurt Busch in February. NASCAR did the right thing by reinstating Busch in March. Let's discuss: Domestic violence has risen as an important topic of discussion in all sports, and rightfully so. That always...
  • Harvick makes it 4 straight wins at Phoenix with a rout

    Harvick makes it 4 straight wins at Phoenix with a rout
    AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — There have been dominant drivers in NASCAR before, seasons where Jeff Gordon or Jimmie Johnson would reel off win after win to break the spirits of the rest of the garage. Dale Earnhardt had stretches where he was...
  • Kevin Harvick stays hot with another Sprint Cup win at Phoenix

    Kevin Harvick stays hot with another Sprint Cup win at Phoenix
    Joey Logano tried. Brad Keselowski tried. So did Kurt Busch and Jamie McMurray. But there simply was no passing Kevin Harvick for the lead and then keeping him in the rearview mirror as Harvick won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Phoenix...
  • Kurt Busch finishes fifth in first start since NASCAR suspension

    Kurt Busch finishes fifth in first start since NASCAR suspension
    Kurt Busch came back determined and with a fast car. Busch finished fifth Sunday in his first race since being reinstated by NASCAR after the driver had been suspended and missed the first three races of the season. Driving the No. 41 Chevrolet for...
  • For Harvick, Another Win At Phoenix

    AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick is redefining dominance at NASCAR's highest level. The defending NASCAR champion won his fourth consecutive race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday with yet another rout of the field. The 42 other drivers...