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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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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. Access denied. Dale Earnhardt Jr., already eliminated from Sprint Cup Series title contention, held off Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon to win Sunday's Goody's 500 at Martinsville Speedway. With the victory, Earnhardt...
  • Earnhardt wins at Martinsville as calamity strikes Chase favorites

    The Sports Xchange Earnhardt wins at Martinsville as calamity strikes Chase favorites By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- On a day that saw two of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup favorites...
  • Notebook: Harvick has tough road to hoe

    The Sports Xchange Notebook: Harvick has tough road to hoe By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- If Kevin Harvick truly is one of the heavy favorites to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...
  • Danica Patrick prepares for new crew chief

    Danica Patrick says she is open to change if it improves her performance in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. However, it remained unclear Friday what was the impetus for the swap in crew chiefs and pit-road crews made this week by Stewart-Haas Racing...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • After Harvick wins and advances in Sprint Cup Chase, drivers brawl

    After Harvick wins and advances in Sprint Cup Chase, drivers brawl
    CONCORD, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick held off Jeff Gordon to win the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night and join Joey Logano in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Gordon finished second,...
  • Harvick wins Cup race at Charlotte, advances to next round

    CONCORD, N.C. -- Kevin Harvick held off Jeff Gordon to win the Bank of America 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night and join Joey Logano in the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Gordon finished...
  • Kyle Busch wins pole for Bank of America 500

    CONCORD, N.C. — When the clock hit all zeros on the final round of Sprint Cup Series qualifying Thursday night, the usually even-keeled Dave Rogers almost sounded excited: "The fastest boys in Charlotte!" Rogers said to his No. 18 Joe Gibbs...
  • Gordon drives to victory at Dover

    Gordon drives to victory at Dover
    By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange 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...
  • 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...