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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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  • Ryan Newman's winless season may spoil championship celebration

    Ryan Newman's winless season may spoil championship celebration
    Ryan Newman may be considered an interloper among contenders for the 2014 NASCAR Cup Championship. He doesn't have a victory in 35 races this season, a glitch in the revised championship format that may have purists lamenting on the grave of their...
  • Newman, Harvick Race On After Fractured Relationships

    MIAMI — NASCAR has always been about families. Families that stay together. Families that break up. Look around the garage on any Sunday and you will see the effects of those fractured relationships. Ryan Newman was deemed expendable by Stewart-...
  • Kurt Busch will race despite domestic violence allegations

    Kurt Busch will race despite domestic violence allegations
    NASCAR officials are feeling the political squeeze for allowing Kurt Busch to race this weekend despite allegations of domestic abuse. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif) requested that Busch not compete in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race until his case is...
  • Gordon grabs pole; Harvick tops Chase finalists

    — It was a bittersweet achievement for Jeff Gordon as he won his first pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday's season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400. The favorable spot on the starting grid won't give the veteran a shot at the Sprint Cup title...
  • Kevin Harvick Pulls Off The Double, Winning Race And The Title

    HOMESTEAD, Fla. — The winner of the race is the winner of the Chase. Kevin Harvick held off Ryan Newman on a restart with three of 267 laps remaining to win Sunday's Ford 400 and capture the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship. The championship is...
  • Harvick captures Sprint Cup championship with win in Miami

    Harvick captures Sprint Cup championship with win in Miami
    By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange HOMESTEAD, Fla. - The fastest driver doesn't always win a race -- or a championship -- but on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Kevin Harvick did both. Driving a No. 4 Stewart-...
  • Nascar: Kevin Harvick gana en Homestead y conquista la Sprint Cup/FOTOS

    Nascar: Kevin Harvick gana en Homestead y conquista la Sprint Cup/FOTOS
    En un dramático final en Homestead, el piloto Kevin Harvick se impuso el domingo en la prueba Ford EcoBoost 400 para conquistar su primer campeonato de la Sprint Cup en la serie Nascar. Harvick, de 38 años, aguantó un ataque final de Ryan Newman,...
  • Kevin Harvick finds strength in family, friends during championship ride

    Kevin Harvick finds strength in family, friends during championship ride
    The most ironic twist to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship plotlines involved a guy nicknamed "Happy." He wasn't. Kevin Harvick raced hard for Richard Childress last season, but in many ways he also had punched out the clock. He was done there,...
  • Harvick's Sprint Cup Road A Rough One

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — If Kevin Harvick truly is one of the heavy favorites to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, he's going to have to prove it on Sunday. Fighting a loose handling car during Friday's time trials, Harvick brushed the wall...
  • Earnhardt wins at Martinsville

    Earnhardt wins at Martinsville
    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange Earnhardt wins at Martinsville MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. claimed his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday, taking the checkered...
  • Brad Keselowski takes Geico 500 at Talladega

    Brad Keselowski takes Geico 500 at Talladega
    By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski battled Ryan Newman in the closing laps of the Geico 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, getting out front with drafting and blocking...