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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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  • Drivers fan out across North American to promote Chas

    The Sports Xchange Drivers fan out across North American to promote Chas Staff Report NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange In four days, NASCAR's playoffs -- the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- will begin. To help launch the...
  • Playoffs? A look at NASCAR, elimination style

    The Sports Xchange Playoffs? A look at NASCAR, elimination style Sixteen drivers remain in contention to become NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series champion, and for the first time there will be elimination-style playoffs to get there. NASCAR's Chase format now...
  • Kahne grabs spot in Chase with Atlanta win

    HAMPTON, Ga. Welcome to the Chase, Kasey Kahne. Kahne took advantage of NASCAR's new win-and-you're-in Chase format, passing Matt Kenseth during a second two-lap overtime to win Sunday night's Oral-B 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kahne and his No. 5...
  • NASCAR: Joey Logano holds off Brad Keselowski to win at Bristol

    BRISTOL, Tenn. It was a clean sweep for Team Penske. Joey Logano held off Brad Keselowski to win Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway and became the third consecutive Penske driver to win at the fast half-mile track this...
  • Keselowski wins Cup regular-season finale at Richmond; Biffle, Newman lock up final spots in NASCAR's Chase

    Keselowski wins Cup regular-season finale at Richmond; Biffle, Newman lock up final spots in NASCAR's Chase
    RICHMOND – Brad Keselowski nailed down the No. 1 seed in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a dominant victory in the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. Keselowski led 383 of 400 laps to finish nearly a second...
  • Many preseason predictions holding up as NASCAR sets Cup Chase field at Richmond International Raceway

    Many preseason predictions holding up as NASCAR sets Cup Chase field at Richmond International Raceway
    Part of the fun of the Sprint Cup Series regular season ending Saturday with the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway is that it gives us a chance to look ahead. During the next week, the Internet and Twittersphere will be filled...
  • Keselowski wins; Kenseth, Newman, Biffle will round out Chase

    Brad Keselowski won the race and claimed the No. 1 seed in this season's Chase. Keselowski dominated Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway and cruised to his fourth Sprint Cup Series victory of the season �...
  • Two spots still open in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup title playoff

    Two spots still open in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup title playoff
    There are 19 drivers with a shot at securing the final two spots in NASCAR's 16-driver Chase for the Cup title playoff going into the race Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. Four of those 19 Sprint Cup Series drivers could...
  • Green Flag: Patrick posts milestone performance

    The Sports Xchange Green Flag: Patrick posts milestone performance By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange All but lost among the Chase implications at Atlanta Motor Speedway was a milestone performance by Danica...
  • NASCAR: Richmond win bolsters Keselowski's Chase bid

    RICHMOND, Va. He's back and better than ever. One year after failing to qualify for NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, Brad Keselowski is not only back in the field but also leading the way. Keselowski claimed the No. 1 seed in the Chase...
  • Tony Stewart's return, battle for Chase berths highlight NASCAR stop at Richmond International Raceway this week

    The hype surrounding the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series late-summer stop at Richmond International Raceway is usually predictable. Being the 26th race on the Cup tour, its the field-finalizer for the 10-race Chase, and there is always plenty of talk about who...