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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 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...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch on return to racing: 'Feeling was home'

    NASCAR's Kurt Busch on return to racing: 'Feeling was home'
    Kurt Busch drove his race car Friday for the first time since he was suspended by NASCAR last month in the face of domestic-violence allegations. Busch, a 36-year-old former champion, missed the first three races of the Sprint Cup Series season. But...
  • Kurt Busch qualifies eighth in return

    Kurt Busch qualifies eighth in return
    The name stenciled in cursive letters on the No. 41 Chevrolet, just above the driver's window, no longer said "Outlaw." It had been replaced with "Kurt Busch." Literally and figuratively, the name represented a fresh start for Busch, who returned to the...
  • NASCAR's volatile Stewart-Haas team steered by steady-handed Gene Haas

    NASCAR's volatile Stewart-Haas team steered by steady-handed Gene Haas
    As a beaming Kevin Harvick held a news conference after winning the NASCAR race in Las Vegas a week ago, the man to his right sat mostly expressionless, a baseball cap pulled low over his forehead. The man was Gene Haas, 62, who co-owns Harvick's team,...
  • Harvick stamps himself overwhelming favorite at Phoenix

    Kevin Harvick has been nearly unstoppable since he charged to his first Sprint Cup championship last season. The overwhelming favorite to win Sunday's race at Phoenix International Raceway, Harvick could realistically have a shot at a three-race sweep of...
  • 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...
  • Busch lifted by warm reception from race team upon return

    Kurt Busch, buoyed by a warm reception from his race team, was finally back in a car Friday preparing for his first race of the season. There was very little rust: He advanced into the final round of qualifying and will start eighth in Sunday's race at...
  • Mike Brudenell: Kurt Busch's return to track is welcome

    I know Kurt Busch well enough. I find him easy to interview, face to face or over the phone. He doesn't cut our chats short, and I leave the hauler or hang up knowing more about motorsports than when we started talking. Is Busch a jerk? His behavior...