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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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  • The Green Flag: Would Gordon leave on top? Not a chance

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Would Gordon leave on top? Not a chance By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange At Daytona in February, Jeff Gordon hinted to reporters in a preseason question-and-answer session that...
  • Late restart catapults Gordon to Michigan victory

    The Sports Xchange Late restart catapults Gordon to Michigan victory By Scott Held, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange BROOKLYN, Mich. -- So much for restarts being a problem for Jeff Gordon. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup...
  • Notebook: Forgettable day at Michigan for Larson

    The Sports Xchange Notebook: Forgettable day at Michigan for Larson By Scott Held NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Sunday was a rough day on the track for rookie Kyle Larson. It got worse when he looked at the...
  • Gordon overtakes Logano to win at Michigan

    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange EditorsNote: Update 1: write thru Gordon overtakes Logano to win at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Jeff Gordon got out in front of Joey Logano on a restart just inside 20 laps to go in the Pure...
  • Mike Brudenell: Focus remains on Stewart at Michigan International Speedway

    It would have been about the blistering speeds or Jimmie Johnson looking for the sweep. Even favorite NASCAR son Dale Earnhardt Jr. headed to the Irish Hills leading the Sprint Cup series standings isn't the story now, and that's unbelievable and, in...
  • NASCAR Driver Capsules, Aug. 13 - Part 2

    Part 2 : continues.... 55 BRIAN VICKERS, Toyota Team: Michael Waltrip Racing WHERE HE STANDS: 18th, 61 points out of a spot in the Chase. MICHIGAN RECORD: One win and eight top-10 finishes in 15 starts. LOOKING AHEAD: Vickers realizes his only...
  • The Green Flag: Allmendinger ready to make Chase noise

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Allmendinger ready to make Chase noise By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange Are AJ Allmendinger and JTG/Daugherty Racing ready for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup? Ready or not,...
  • Third-place finisher Kurt Busch enjoyed front-row seat

    The Sports Xchange Third-place finisher Kurt Busch enjoyed front-row seat By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.-- Sure, Kurt Busch wouldn't have minded too much if AJ Allmendinger and Marcos...
  • AJ Allmendinger wins NASCAR's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. That was truly a race into the Chase. A.J. Allmendinger went door-to-door and fender-to-fender over the final two laps with Marcos Ambrose to muscle out a win in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. The win...
  • Driver's death should be sobering wake-up call for Tony Stewart

    Once the tears dry and the tragedy of a young man's death starts to fade away, Tony Stewart will be faced with the dark reality of his passion for racing: It is ruining his career. Let's put a big old disclaimer on here from the get-go: Kevin Ward Jr....
  • Allmendinger edges Ambrose at Watkins Glen

    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange Allmendinger edges Ambrose at Watkins Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- A.J. Allmendinger held off Marcos Ambrose on three late-race restarts to win the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...