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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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  • Marcos Ambrose makes it 2 poles in a row, Clint Bower will start 6th at Sonoma

    Marcos Ambrose makes it 2 poles in a row, Clint Bower will start 6th at Sonoma
    Marcos Ambrose had never won a Sprint Cup Series pole before last week.     Now he has two in a row.     Ambrose won the top starting spot for Sunday's race at Sonoma with a fast lap around the 1.99-mile road course. He knocked off Jimmie Johnson,...
  • Piquet becomes first Brazilian to win NASCAR national series race

    Piquet becomes first Brazilian to win NASCAR national series race
    Nelson Piquet Jr. enjoyed a lot of firsts during the NASCAR Nationwide series Sargento 200 race weekend at Road America. A regular in the NASCAR Camping World Truck series, Piquet Jr. used his first career pole and laps led to earn his very first NASCAR...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Time to go left...left...left...right...left...

    The Backstretch Blog: Time to go left...left...left...right...left...
    Leave all your left turn jokes behind this week, NASCAR is making right turns too this weekend. The course formally known as Sears Point, formally known as Infineon, will host the first road course race of the year. I feel like this course has had more...
  • Kansas Native Clint Bowyer picks up 1st win of season at Sonoma

    Kansas Native Clint Bowyer picks up 1st win of season at Sonoma
    Clint Bowyer's victory in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma was a surprise to the driver who chased him for more than 20 laps -- Kurt Busch -- but in retrospect, history may have been on Bowyer's side. "I just kept thinking, 'He's a dirt Late Model...
  • Kahne Wins At Phoenix; Edwards, Stewart Race To Dead Heat

    Kahne Wins At Phoenix; Edwards, Stewart Race To Dead Heat
    It was Ali-Frazier in the Garden. It was Celtics-Lakers with Bird and Magic. It was NASCAR’s dream. Punch and counterpunch—the top two drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup trading shots in Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Where there is Smoke, there is Fire

    The Backstretch Blog: Where there is Smoke, there is Fire
    Tony Stewart was not going to be denied. There is no doubt about it. From the time the green flag dropped on Sunday afternoon, to the moment that either Bob Packrass or Dustin Long shutdown the Homestead Media Center, this final race of the year had...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Busch League

    The Backstretch Blog: Busch League
    I have tried to like the Busch Brothers. I really have. I too have at times been a little salty, a little hard to get along with, and many times misunderstood. And I have long been a believer that NASCAR needs the guy in the black hat. Some one that...
  • No disrespect, but 3 is back on track

    The iconic No. 3 may be back in the Sprint Cup starting lineup one day, a possibility that may send some NASCAR fans into an emotional tizzy. That number belonged to Dale Earnhardt, the late, great Intimidator on the NASCAR circuit. Would it be...
  • NASCAR fines Kurt Busch $50,000 for poor behavior

    NASCAR fines Kurt Busch $50,000 for poor behavior
    NASCAR fined Kurt Busch $50,000 on Friday for his poor behavior during the Sprint Cup finale last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. NASCAR cited both an obscene gesture Busch made inside his car and him being verbally abusive to a reporter in...
  • Stewart hires Steve Addington as crew chief

    Stewart hires Steve Addington as crew chief
    NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has fired Darian Grubb and hired a new crew chief. Stewart-Haas Racing says Steve Addington has taken over the No. 14 Chevrolet effective immediately. Addington quit as Kurt Busch's crew chief last week. Stewart won his...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch seeing sports psychologist

    NASCAR's Kurt Busch seeing sports psychologist
    Kurt Busch says he's seeing a sports psychologist to address "personal issues." Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR last week for verbally abusing an ESPN reporter and making an obscene gesture in his race car during the season finale at Homestead. NASCAR...