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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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  • 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...
  • Greg Biffle under pressure to become championship contender

    Greg Biffle is NASCAR's Bubble Boy. It is a precarious place to be with just five races to go before the 16-driver field is set for the Chase. Although Biffle is 13th in points after a fifth-place finish at Pocono, he is precariously close to not...
  • Gordon Knocks Ambrose Off Watkins Glen Pole

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — When the second and final round of qualifying ended on Saturday at Watkins Glen International, Jeff Gordon climbed onto the window ledge of his No. 24 Chevrolet and raised his arms in triumph. Gordon had just won the pole for...
  • Gordon continues roll, wins pole at the Glen

    Jeff Gordon holds the record for most road course wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but his last victory at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International came in 2001. He'll have an excellent opportunity to change that in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at the Glen...
  • Gordon knocks Ambrose off Watkins Glen pole

    The Sports Xchange Gordon knocks Ambrose off Watkins Glen pole By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- When the second and final round of qualifying ended on Saturday at Watkins Glen International,...
  • Is NASCAR'S Kevin Harvick the new Jay Z?

    Is NASCAR'S Kevin Harvick the new Jay Z?
    Sharing information with your rival’s brother. Getting booed. Working with MMA fighters. Sounds dangerous, but all are parts of NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick’s life. While the driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser car is best...
  • Watkins Glen provides opportunity for winless drivers

    The Sports Xchange Watkins Glen provides opportunity for winless drivers By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange For those who still have aspirations to run for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the final 10...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoids pileup, wins GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway

     Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoids pileup, wins GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway
    And just like that, 0-for-28 has turned into 2-for-2 for Dale Earnhardt Jr. The most popular driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series says that nothing in his life matters if he doesn't perform well on Sundays, which means that twice a year for the past...
  • Jeff Gordon: Kyle Larson is NASCAR's Rookie of the Year

    Jeff Gordon: Kyle Larson is NASCAR's Rookie of the Year
    Jeff Gordon should know a little bit about going fast. On Friday, Gordon, who is winding up "an amazing week" that began with a win in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, threw his support for 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year behind 22-...
  • One of the best races ever at Pocono

    Sometime early in the running of the GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono on Sunday, I began to wonder how long it had actually been since I covered a NASCAR event at what my buddy Bill Fleischman likes to refer to as Mount Mattioli. So, I went back into an...
  • Kevin Harvick scrambles to runner-up finish

    LONG POND, Pa. Kevin Harvick came up short again in his quest for his third Sprint Cup Series victory of the season. But it was a shocker he was still in position for the win late in the race. Harvick was penalized for speeding on pit road and was...