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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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  • Kyle Busch wins pole at Charlotte

    The Sports Xchange Kyle Busch wins pole at Charlotte By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange CONCORD, N.C. -- The fastest car in the first round of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series knockout qualifying, Kasey Kahne's No. 5...
  • NASCAR: Kyle Busch wins pole for Bank of America 500

    CONCORD, N.C. When the clock hit all zeros on the final round of Sprint Cup Series qualifying Thursday night, the usually even-keeled Dave Rogers almost sounded excited: "The fastest boys in Charlotte!" Rogers said to his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team...
  • Jim Utter's NASCAR notebook

    After a closer analysis, a perceived "tire problem" during Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway isn't that much of a mystery, Goodyear officials said Tuesday. Seven drivers during the race complained of experiencing issues with their...
  • Joey Logano wins at Kansas Speedway, advances to Round 3 of Chase

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. Win and advance. Joey Logano held off Kyle Larson to win Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and became the first driver to advance to Round 3 of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. "We like him to play offense. He played...
  • When will Johnson find his customary speed in Chase?

    The Sports Xchange When will Johnson find his customary speed in Chase? By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Jimmie Johnson doesn't seem worried, but maybe he should be. True, the six-time NASCAR...
  • Earnhardt Jr. has family tie to Royals manager

    The Sports Xchange Earnhardt Jr. has family tie to Royals manager By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Kansas City Royals have taken the city by storm this season and Dale Earnhardt Jr. has...
  • Playoff contenders talk next Chase round

    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange Playoff contenders talk next Chase round CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Now that the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup field has been whittled from 16 to 12 drivers in the new championship format, those...
  • Rookie Kyle Larson not overcome by NASCAR stage fright

    Rookie Kyle Larson not overcome by NASCAR stage fright
    Kyle Larson can't look back. There's no point in that. But as guys such as Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch struggle to navigate their way in the Chase for the Championship, it's human nature to think, "What if?" Larson — who narrowly missed the cut...
  • Gordon drives to victory at Dover

    Gordon drives to victory at Dover
    By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange DOVER, Del. — Jeff Gordon drove by Brad Keselowski in lapped traffic on Lap 305 of the 400-lap AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday and sailed on to his fourth win of...
  • Clutch performance propels Kahne into Chase Contender Round

    The Sports Xchange Clutch performance propels Kahne into Chase Contender Round By Seth Livingstone, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange DOVER, Del. -- Kasey Kahne continues to be at his best with his back to the wall this season....
  • Jeff Gordon advances in Chase for the Sprint Cup championship

    Jeff Gordon advances in Chase for the Sprint Cup championship
    Jeff Gordon won the third race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for an automatic spot in the 12-driver field that advanced to the next round. Gordon was in control in the closing laps Sunday at Dover International Speedway and joined Brad...