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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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  • Truex breaks through at Pocono for 1st win since 2013

    Martin Truex Jr. slapped the top of his No. 78 Chevrolet, thrust his right fist toward the sky and bounded straight into his girlfriend's arms. They hugged, kissed and Truex lifted her into the air. Truex has stood by Sherry Pollex's side through her...
  • Truex Breaks Through At Pocono For First Win Since 2013

    Truex Breaks Through At Pocono For First Win Since 2013
    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. slapped the top of his No. 78 Chevrolet, thrust his right fist toward the sky and bounded straight into his girlfriend's arms. They hugged, kissed and Truex lifted her into the air. Truex has stood by...
  • Martin Truex Jr. Finally Breaks Through At Pocono Raceway

    LONG POND, Pa. — Martin Truex Jr. led the most laps for the fourth straight race, only this time he was in front on the one that mattered most, breaking through Sunday at Pocono Raceway for his first Sprint Cup victory since 2013. Truex led 97...
  • Can Hendrick Motorsports stretch its winning streak at Long Pond?

    Can Hendrick Motorsports stretch its winning streak at Long Pond?
    Since the boys from the Bronx haven't won a World Series since 2009, it might be a bit outdated to refer to the Hendrick Motorsports team as "The Yankees of NASCAR." But clearly the Hendrick team, featuring Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt,...
  • Earnhardt seeks rare Pocono three-peat

    LONG POND, Pa. Separated by 55 summer days, the two NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Pocono in 2014 ended the same way: with Dale Earnhardt Jr. raising his arms in victory lane, his team hanging over the white railing above it, and the grandstand crowd...
  • Drivers have found a new bump in the road at Pocono

    Drivers have found a new bump in the road at Pocono
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. brought a broom to Pocono Raceway last year as he swept both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Long Pond's so-called "Tricky Triangle." This year, Earnhardt probably wished he had brought a truckload of asphalt and a road paver...
  • Hendrick Motorsports aims for 6th straight Pocono victory

    Images of Richard Petty in his feathered Stetson hat and dark glasses stamp Pocono Raceway's victory lane tower, a tribute to one of racing's greats and the first winner at the track. Oh yes, it's always good to be The King. But at Pocono, it's even...
  • Hendrick Hopes To Continue Pocono Reign

    LONG POND, Pa. — Images of Richard Petty in his feathered Stetson hat and dark glasses stamp Pocono Raceway's victory lane tower, a tribute to one of racing's greats and the first winner at the track. Oh yes, it's always good to be "The King."...
  • NASCAR Axalta 400 preview

    Everything you need to know about Sunday's Axalta 400 at Pocono: Three things to watch 1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won both races at Pocono Raceway last season and is looking for a third consecutive victory. The most recent driver to win three or more times...
  • NASCAR Chase: Looking ahead at the midway point

    Thirteen races up, 13 left until NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup field is set. After Jimmie Johnson's victory at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, here's a look at how the 16-driver field might shape up when the regular-season concludes at Richmond,...
  • Kurt Busch keeps on the comeback trail and earns the pole at Pocono

    Kurt Busch keeps on the comeback trail and earns the pole at Pocono
    It was perhaps fitting that on a day a bumpy stretch of road was the dominant theme at Pocono Raceway, Kurt Busch wound up earning the pole for Sunday's Axalta We Paint Winners 400. Busch knows a thing or two about bumpy roads. No one has been in...