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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's Juan Pablo Montoya fastest in Brickyard 400 practice

    NASCAR's Juan Pablo Montoya fastest in Brickyard 400 practice
    INDIANAPOLIS — Juan Pablo Montoya turned the fastest lap Friday in the first practice session for NASCAR's Brickyard 400. Montoya, an Indianapolis 500 winner in 2000 who later migrated to NASCAR stock-car racing, posted a lap of 185.410 mph in his...
  • NASCAR's Tony Stewart '100% confident' he'll be ready for Daytona 500

    NASCAR's Tony Stewart '100% confident' he'll be ready for Daytona 500
    NASCAR's Tony Stewart, who hasn't raced since breaking his right leg in an Aug. 5 crash, said Thursday he would be ready for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. "I'm 100% confident when I get here in February I'll be fine to drive and race and be able to do...
  • NASCAR's Roush Fenway hopes to bolster Chase title hopes at Dover

    NASCAR's Roush Fenway hopes to bolster Chase title hopes at Dover
    Jack Roush won NASCAR's first Chase for the Cup title playoff with Kurt Busch at the wheel in 2004. But the co-owner of the Ford team now called Roush Fenway Racing hasn't won the championship since then. Now, with two of this year's 10 Chase races in...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins pole position for NASCAR race at Dover

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins pole position for NASCAR race at Dover
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Dover, Del., the third leg of the 10-race Chase for the Cup championship playoff. Earnhardt, who needs a strong finish Sunday to bolster his title hopes, turned a lap of...
  • Harvick dominant, then rallies to win Southern 500 over Earnhardt, Johnosn

    DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Kevin Harvick started from the pole, fell back during the course of the race, but then rallied at the end to become the first repeat winner of 2014 in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Saturday's...
  • Kurt Busch takes NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Martinsville

    Kurt Busch takes NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Martinsville
    MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kurt Busch passed Martinsville master Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 10 laps to go Sunday and held off the eight-time victor to win at Martinsville Speedway for the first time since October 2002. Johnson, with eight wins in 25...
  • Carl Edwards wins rain-plagued Sprint Cup race at Bristol

    Carl Edwards wins rain-plagued Sprint Cup race at Bristol
    Carl Edwards won a rain-plagued NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, fittingly with the final two laps under caution as showers began to fall again. The Food City 500 was delayed nearly two hours before the start and for another three hours...
  • Furniture Row Racing team is a NASCAR solo act

     Furniture Row Racing team is a NASCAR solo act
    The season-opening Daytona 500 was less than an hour old when Barney Visser saw his latest $1-million NASCAR investment literally go up in smoke. Visser owns Furniture Row Racing, which fields one car — the black No. 78 Chevrolet — driven by...
  • Kyle Busch wins Auto Club 400 at Fontana for second year in a row

    Kyle Busch wins Auto Club 400 at Fontana for second year in a row
    The race was Jimmie Johnson's to lose, and he unknowingly found a way to lose it. Johnson was sailing toward a record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup win in Fontana on Sunday when his No. 48 Chevrolet blew a left-front tire with only six laps remaining. It...
  • Expectant finish at Kobalt 400 for Paul Menard

    Expectant finish at Kobalt 400 for Paul Menard
    LAS VEGAS – Paul Menard wasn't sure if he would even race Sunday, but the NASCAR driver had one of his better finishes in recent years. Menard finished third Sunday in the Kobalt 400 after leading six laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. At one point...