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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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  • Reed overcomes diabetes to win

    Reed overcomes diabetes to win
    DAYTONA BEACH — Before 20-year-old Ryan Reed beat NASCAR veterans Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, he had to deal with a far greater opponent: diabetes. "To be diagnosed four years ago with Type 1 diabetes, I thought I'd never...
  • Puppies, rings, mullets highlight Daytona 500 media day

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona 500 media day included lots of talk — talk about puppy love, wedding rings and a growing mullet — and a lot of conversation about four-time champion Jeff Gordon and what could be his final ride in NASCAR'S...
  • Kurt Busch out for Daytona after domestic abuse ruling

    Kurt Busch out for Daytona after domestic abuse ruling
    DAYTONA BEACH — Kurt Busch is out for Sunday's Daytona 500 after NASCAR announced his indefinite suspension stemming from a domestic-abuse incident involving former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. Busch and Driscoll have been intertwined in nasty and...
  • Kurt Busch loses appeal to race in Daytona 500

    Kurt Busch loses appeal to race in Daytona 500
    Kurt Busch has lost his appeal to be reinstated for the season-opening Daytona 500. A three-judge panel upheld NASCAR's suspension on Saturday, but attorney Rusty Hardin said Busch will now go to final appeals officer Bryan Moss, who indicated he would...
  • Kurt Busch set for Daytona 500 despite restraining order

    Kurt Busch set for Daytona 500 despite restraining order
    Kurt Busch is still a go for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. But he has a tentative grip on his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS. Busch has been ordered by a Delaware judge to stay away from his ex-girlfriend. Patricia Driscoll, under a protective order...
  • NASCAR PREVIEW: All eyes on Jeff Gordon finale in No. 24

    NASCAR PREVIEW: All eyes on Jeff Gordon finale in No. 24
    Through driver changes, network shuffles, a new championship format and NASCAR's push to reinvent itself, the one constant for more than two decades has been Jeff Gordon behind the wheel every week of the iconic No. 24. Well, it's time to buckle up...
  • NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch indefinitely after domestic abuse filing

    NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch indefinitely after domestic abuse filing
    NASCAR on Friday suspended driver Kurt Busch indefinitely after a family court judge said it was "more likely than not" that Busch committed domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend last fall. The action against Busch, a 36-year-old former champion,...
  • NASCAR's Regan Smith prepares to replace Kurt Busch in Daytona 500

    NASCAR's Regan Smith prepares to replace Kurt Busch in Daytona 500
    NASCAR driver Regan Smith had planned to watch the Daytona 500 from his couch Sunday. But Smith, who mainly drives in NASCAR's second-level Xfinity Series, now is scheduled to compete in the biggest race of the year in the sport's top-tier Sprint Cup...
  • NASCAR should have rid itself of classless Kurt Busch long ago

     NASCAR should have rid itself of classless Kurt Busch long ago
    DAYTONA BEACH — For the longest time, the most famous words in all of racing were, "Gentlemen, start your engines." The key word being "Gentlemen" — the plural of "Gentleman." Dictionary definition: "A man who treats other people in a...
  • NASCAR needs force-field technology to protect Danica from alien intruders

     NASCAR needs force-field technology to protect Danica from alien intruders
    Running off at the typewriter … Because Danica Patrick seems to crash anytime Denny Hamlin (or anyone else, for that matter) gets close to her, I think NASCAR needs to begin work immediately on some form of high-tech force-field technology....
  • Kurt Busch plans final appeal after NASCAR suspension is upheld

    Kurt Busch plans final appeal after NASCAR suspension is upheld
    Kurt Busch's indefinite suspension by NASCAR was upheld by a three-judge appeals panel on Saturday, meaning he has virtually no shot at being able to race in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Busch said he will appeal the suspension to Gulfstream President...