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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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  • Earnhardt holds off Harvick to complete sweep at Pocono

    The Sports Xchange Earnhardt holds off Harvick to complete sweep at Pocono By Seth Livingstone, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. realized that it took a bit of luck for him to win at Pocono...
  • Earnhardt completes sweep at Pocono

    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange Earnhardt completes sweep at Pocono LONG POND, Pa. -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. took the lead from Greg Biffle with 13 laps remaining in the GoBowling.com 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. sweeps at Pocono Raceway

    LONG POND, Pa. Break out the broom, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made a clean sweep of Pocono. Earnhardt passed then-leader Greg Biffle with 13 of 160 laps remaining and cruised to victory in Sunday's GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway, becoming just the...
  • Kyle Larson edges Joey Logano for Pocono pole

    LONG POND, Pa. It's not his first time starting out front, but it is Kyle Larson's first Sprint Cup Series pole. Larson's track-record lap at 183.438 mph in the third and final round of Friday's knockout qualifying session edged Joey Logano to take the...
  • Hamlin remains confident despite crew chief suspension

    The Sports Xchange Hamlin remains confident despite crew chief suspension By Seth Livingstone, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange LONG POND, Pa. -- Denny Hamlin isn't expecting his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to miss a beat, even with...
  • The Green Flag: Mega milestones in reach for Gordon

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Mega milestones in reach for Gordon By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange In Sunday's Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard, Jeff Gordon won the 90th race...
  • Aric Almirola still sky-high after his victory at Daytona 400

    RICHMOND — As a matter of fact, no, Aric Almirola isn't the least bit apologetic, doesn't feel the least bit unworthy of winning a rain-shortened NASCAR race in which most of the field turned into a darn fine scrap metal collection. Almirola,...
  • Kurt Busch stands proud after Indy 500-NASCAR marathon

    CONCORD, N.C.-- Kurt Busch’s Great Memorial Day Weekend Adventure had an ambitious agenda: 1,100 miles of racing, a 430-mile private-plane flight and lots of water. When you are driving two mean machines back-to-back, it’s as much about...
  • Kurt Busch's attempt at Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 double falls short

    Kurt Busch's attempt at Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 double falls short
    Kurt Busch began his attempt at auto racing's doubleheader Sunday with a sixth-place finish at the Indianapolis 500 but was unable to become the second driver to complete it when his engine failed during the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C. Busch fell...
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay wins thrilling Indianapolis 500

    Ryan Hunter-Reay wins thrilling Indianapolis 500
    Ryan Hunter-Reay edged Helio Castroneves to win the 98th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday after a dogfight between the two in the closing laps. Hunter-Reay beat Castroneves by less than a car length as they swept across the finish line in the second-closest...
  • Chip Ganassi wants to see an end to yellow caution Indy 500 finishes

    Chip Ganassi wants to see an end to yellow caution Indy 500 finishes
    The century-old Indianapolis 500 is steeped in tradition, from the pre-race release of thousands of balloons to the winner's gulp of milk in Victory Lane. But Chip Ganassi, one of racing's leading team owners, thinks Indy has one tradition too many....