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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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  • Jimmie Johnson still pack leader as NASCAR rolls in major changes

    Jimmie Johnson still pack leader as NASCAR rolls in major changes
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR will announce dramatic changes to its championship format Thursday, looking to add some spice and sizzle in what will amount to a shootout in South Florida in the final race of the season. Jimmie Johnson is good with that....
  • Kurt Busch to attempt Indy 500, NASCAR's Coke 600 on same day

    Kurt Busch to attempt Indy 500, NASCAR's Coke 600 on same day
    NASCAR driver Kurt Busch said Tuesday he'll attempt to drive in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day May 25. If Busch qualifies for the Indy 500, he would become only the fourth driver to do "the double" on the same day and...
  • Vancouver trades goalie Roberto Luongo to Florida

    NHL trade deadline day was widely expected to be busy. The day before might prove to be even wilder. Several big-name hockey players were on the move Tuesday, 24 hours before time for dealing runs out, including star goalie Roberto Luongo, who was...
  • NASCAR season kicks in with Fan Fest at Daytona

    NASCAR season kicks in with Fan Fest at Daytona
    The 2014 NASCAR season officially kicks off Thursday morning when Daytona International Speedway hosts its annual Preseason Thunder Fan Fest. Autograph sessions with select drivers, guided garage tours and the opportunity to watch practice are among the...
  • NASCAR's Tony Stewart '100% confident' he'll be ready for Daytona 500

    NASCAR's Tony Stewart, who hasn't raced since breaking his right leg in an Aug. 5 crash, said Thursday he would be ready for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 23. "I'm 100% confident when I get here in February I'll be fine to drive and race and be able to do...
  • It's the season of switching teams for several NASCAR drivers

    A new NASCAR season is only a few weeks away, with some of the sport's top drivers switching teams in hopes of winning a Sprint Cup title. They include veterans Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, and they'll start getting ready for the season...
  • Martin Truex Jr. earns rightful NASCAR spot in 2014

    Martin Truex Jr. earns rightful NASCAR spot in 2014
    There is a sliver of good news from the scandal and chicanery of the Richmond race, where a handful of drivers tried to game the system: Martin Truex Jr. will have a ride next season. He was an accidental tourist in what ensued that night, when...
  • Stewart aims for '14 Daytona return

    Stewart aims for '14 Daytona return
    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Tony Stewart asserted Tuesday at the Stewart-Haas race shop that his broken bones would mend in time for the 2014 Daytona 500 and that the organization he co-owns with Gene Haas was never fractured in the first place. Holding his...
  • Arian Foster says he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee

    Arian Foster says he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee
    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee. "Honestly, I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side,"...
  • Kyle Busch gets the road-course win at Watkins Glen

    Kyle Busch gets the road-course win at Watkins Glen
    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Kyle Busch finally has that elusive second win at Watkins Glen International, atoning for a year ago when he lost a certain victory on the last lap. On a two-lap dash to the finish in the caution-filled Sprint Cup race Sunday,...
  • Watch 16-car wreck that marred end of NASCAR race in Talladega

    Watch 16-car wreck that marred end of NASCAR race in Talladega
      A 16-car wreck marred the end of the NASCAR race in Talladega, Ala., on Sunday, and a lot of drivers lashed out at track officials afterward. With six laps to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. bumped J.J. Yeley, sending Yeley's car into Kurt Busch's car,...