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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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  • Chase for Cup whittled down to 12

    The Sports Xchange Chase for Cup whittled down to 12 Four are out and 12 drivers remain standing. At the beginning of Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, 16 Sprint Cup drivers were battling for 12 spots in the Contender Round of the Chase...
  • Jeff Gordon wins AAA 400 at Dover, advances in Chase

    DOVER, Del. Jeff Gordon showed again why he should be considered one of the favorites for this season's Sprint Cup Series championship while four other drivers were eliminated from title contention. Gordon took the lead on Lap 306 of 400 and led the rest...
  • 12 drivers ready to reset race to Cup

    The Sports Xchange 12 drivers ready to reset race to Cup By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange DOVER, Del. -- Now we are 12. Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag in Sunday's AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, but...
  • Chase for the Sprint Cup whittled down to 12

    DOVER, Del. -- Jeff Gordon drove by Brad Keselowski in lapped traffic on lap 305 of the 400-lap AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on Sunday and sailed on to his fourth win of the 2014 season and his first win of the...
  • Ousted drivers from Chase explain what went wrong

    The Sports Xchange Ousted drivers from Chase explain what went wrong By Seth Livingstone, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange DOVER, Del. -- For much of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway,...
  • For Dale Jr., others, Chase's first knockout race 'really intense'

    This is the drama NASCAR envisioned when it changed its Chase format to a knockout-type tournament. Four drivers will have their championship dreams dashed Sunday by the Monster Mile in the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway. Only the winners from...
  • Harvick tops Dover qualifying for seventh pole this year

    Harvick tops Dover qualifying for seventh pole this year
    DOVER, Del. -- Kevin Harvick is starting from the optimum position after winning the pole for Sunday's AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway (2 p.m. ET on ESPN). The question is whether the driver known as "The Closer"...
  • Logano wins crash-filled Chase race at New Hampshire

    Logano wins crash-filled Chase race at New Hampshire
    LOUDON, N.H. — Joey Logano has advanced into the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a race plagued with accidents that involved several of the Chase members....
  • For Joey Logano, There's Nothing Sweeter Than A Loudon Win

    For Joey Logano, There's Nothing Sweeter Than A Loudon Win
    LOUDON, N.H. – It was the home track makeup Joey Logano has been searching for for five years. As a rookie in 2009 with Joe Gibbs Racing, Logano won his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Although Logano'...
  • The Green Flag: Johnson likely to make statement at Dover

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Johnson likely to make statement at Dover By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange To a trucker, the "rocking chair" is a comfortable place to ride between the lead truck in a convoy and...
  • After New Hampshire, all Chase drivers back in the game

    The Sports Xchange After New Hampshire, all Chase drivers back in the game By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange LOUDON, N.H. -- Wide open. That's an apt description of Sunday's action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,...