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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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  • NASCAR driver Kurt Busch loses appeal, remains suspended indefinitely

    NASCAR driver Kurt Busch loses appeal, remains suspended indefinitely
    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kurt Busch remains suspended and out of the Daytona 500. A final appeals officer upheld NASCAR's suspension Saturday night. Gulfstream President Bryan Moss made the decision, ending Busch's already-slim hopes of racing Sunday in...
  • Kurt Busch out for Daytona after domestic abuse ruling

    Kurt Busch out for Daytona after domestic abuse ruling
    DAYTONA BEACH — Kurt Busch is out for Sunday's Daytona 500 after NASCAR announced his indefinite suspension stemming from a domestic-abuse incident involving former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. Busch and Driscoll have been intertwined in nasty and...
  • Kurt Busch loses appeal to race in Daytona 500

    Kurt Busch loses appeal to race in Daytona 500
    Kurt Busch has lost his appeal to be reinstated for the season-opening Daytona 500. A three-judge panel upheld NASCAR's suspension on Saturday, but attorney Rusty Hardin said Busch will now go to final appeals officer Bryan Moss, who indicated he would...
  • NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch indefinitely after domestic abuse filing

    NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch indefinitely after domestic abuse filing
    NASCAR on Friday suspended driver Kurt Busch indefinitely after a family court judge said it was "more likely than not" that Busch committed domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend last fall. The action against Busch, a 36-year-old former champion,...
  • NASCAR's Regan Smith prepares to replace Kurt Busch in Daytona 500

    NASCAR's Regan Smith prepares to replace Kurt Busch in Daytona 500
    NASCAR driver Regan Smith had planned to watch the Daytona 500 from his couch Sunday. But Smith, who mainly drives in NASCAR's second-level Xfinity Series, now is scheduled to compete in the biggest race of the year in the sport's top-tier Sprint Cup...
  • Kyle Busch breaks right leg in crash at Daytona

    Kyle Busch broke his right leg and left foot in a vicious hit Saturday into a concrete wall during the Xfinity Series race. He'll miss the Daytona 500 on Sunday and is out indefinitely. Busch sustained a right lower leg compound fracture and left mid-...
  • NASCAR should have rid itself of classless Kurt Busch long ago

     NASCAR should have rid itself of classless Kurt Busch long ago
    DAYTONA BEACH — For the longest time, the most famous words in all of racing were, "Gentlemen, start your engines." The key word being "Gentlemen" — the plural of "Gentleman." Dictionary definition: "A man who treats other people in a...
  • NASCAR needs force-field technology to protect Danica from alien intruders

     NASCAR needs force-field technology to protect Danica from alien intruders
    Running off at the typewriter … Because Danica Patrick seems to crash anytime Denny Hamlin (or anyone else, for that matter) gets close to her, I think NASCAR needs to begin work immediately on some form of high-tech force-field technology....
  • NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch after domestic violence details

    NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch indefinitely Friday after a judge said the former champion almost surely choked and beat a former girlfriend last fall and there was a "substantial likelihood" of more domestic violence from him in the future. In a stunning...
  • Kurt Busch plans final appeal after NASCAR suspension is upheld

    Kurt Busch plans final appeal after NASCAR suspension is upheld
    Kurt Busch's indefinite suspension by NASCAR was upheld by a three-judge appeals panel on Saturday, meaning he has virtually no shot at being able to race in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Busch said he will appeal the suspension to Gulfstream President...
  • Gordon's Family Leads Pack As He Readies For Final Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon will race in his final Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon free and easy, unburdened by all the demands that usually come along with the fire suit and driving the iconic No. 24 Chevy. House money, baby. Let it ride....