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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 rolls into Las Vegas with a parade, country music and fast cars

    NASCAR rolls into Las Vegas with a parade, country music and fast cars
    NASCAR rumbles into Las Vegas on Sunday, Mar. 8, when the Kobalt 400 takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the race, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ran out of gas on the final lap. While the race itself is the...
  • NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

    It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt. Dozens of cars were wrecked, and on the morning of NASCAR's season-opening showcase,...
  • 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-...
  • Logano victory is pinnacle of a week in which NASCAR did itself proud

     Logano victory is pinnacle of a week in which NASCAR did itself proud
    DAYTONA BEACH — After the controversy and consternation of the last few days and all the star-crossed buzzard's luck of the last few years, the Daytona 500 got just what it needed on Sunday. A sunny honey of a day. Hard, clean racing. And...
  • Puppies, rings, mullets highlight Daytona 500 media day

    Daytona 500 media day included lots of talk — about puppy love, wedding rings and a growing mullet — and conversations about four-time champion Jeff Gordon and possibly his final ride in NASCAR'S most prestigious race. NASCAR's biggest...
  • NASCAR PREVIEW: All eyes on Jeff Gordon finale in No. 24

    NASCAR PREVIEW: All eyes on Jeff Gordon finale in No. 24
    Through driver changes, network shuffles, a new championship format and NASCAR's push to reinvent itself, the one constant for more than two decades has been Jeff Gordon behind the wheel every week of the iconic No. 24. Well, it's time to buckle up...
  • Five things to watch as 2015 Daytona Speedweeks gets underway

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Here we are again. There is more than a week before the 2015 NASCAR season will officially kick off at Daytona International Speedway with the season-opening races in the Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Truck series. However, there are a few...
  • Reed overcomes diabetes to win

    Reed overcomes diabetes to win
    DAYTONA BEACH — Before 20-year-old Ryan Reed beat NASCAR veterans Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, he had to deal with a far greater opponent: diabetes. "To be diagnosed four years ago with Type 1 diabetes, I thought I'd never...
  • Danica Patrick appears to be idling at a NASCAR career crossroads

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Two years ago, Danica Patrick kicked off her first full-time season in NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series by winning the pole for the sport's most prestigious race, the Daytona 500. Now entering her third season and the last under her...
  • Kyle Busch injured in Xfinity Series race at Daytona

    Kyle Busch was taken to a hospital following a scary crash late in the Xfinity Series race on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. Busch's No. 54 Toyota shot straight through the frontstretch and slammed head-first into an interior wall....
  • NASCAR suspends driver Kurt Busch indefinitely

    NASCAR suspends driver Kurt Busch indefinitely
    DAYTONA BEACH --  NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch on Friday, just two days before the Daytona 500, hours after a Delaware judge said the former champion committed an act of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend and there was a “substantial...