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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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  • Marco Andretti, in sixth position, is primed for fastest Indy field

    Marco Andretti was rolling along on the highway from New York City to Nazareth, Pa., the other day, so it was a good time to talk Indy 500. He is great in such phone conversations because, like his time behind the racing wheel, he is never on cruise...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch OK after hard crash in Indy 500 practice

    Kurt Busch crashed hard during practice Monday for the Indianapolis 500 but walked away from the accident unhurt. Busch is the NASCAR driver attempting "the double" this year by racing in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 stock-car race at...
  • Tony Stewart takes pole for NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Texas

    Tony Stewart takes pole for NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Texas
    FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tony Stewart knocked Brad Keselowski from the pole as qualifying ended Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart waited right until the end of the final round to attempt his lap and circled the speedway at 195.454 mph to grab the...
  • Kevin Harvick takes Sprint Cup pole for first time at Darlington

    Kevin Harvick takes Sprint Cup pole for first time at Darlington
    DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500. Harvick came out on top in the first knockout qualifying session at NASCAR's oldest superspeedway since the...
  • Harvick dominant, then rallies to win Southern 500 over Earnhardt, Johnosn

    DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Kevin Harvick started from the pole, fell back during the course of the race, but then rallied at the end to become the first repeat winner of 2014 in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, holding off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win Saturday's...
  • Monaco, Indy and Charlotte on tap for motor racing's biggest day

    Call it motor racing's version of the Triple Crown -- on the same day. Three of the sport's most celebrated races take place Sunday: Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix, followed by the Indianapolis 500 and then NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 that night at...
  • Indy 500's high-end promises: big-name favorites, unprecedented speed

    Indy 500's high-end promises: big-name favorites, unprecedented speed
    Intriguing stories surround several of the 33 drivers in this year's Indianapolis 500, and there's a strong chance they'll share one thing in common: An exceptionally fast and furious race. Last year's race, won by Tony Kanaan, was the fastest in...
  • Tony Kanaan tops speed chart in final practice for Indy 500

    Tony Kanaan tops speed chart in final practice for Indy 500
    Defending winner Tony Kanaan posted the fastest speed Friday in final practice for the Indianapolis 500. Kanaan turned a lap of 227.838 mph during the one-hour session on "Carb Day" at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a throwback term to the days when crews...
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  • Kurt Busch ready to race in Sunday's Indy 500, NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    Kurt Busch ready to race in Sunday's Indy 500, NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600
    CONCORD, N.C. — Kurt Busch has always been a bit of a prickly pear. Maybe that's the best way to make some sense out this fruity adventure during a looooooong stretch of Sunday. While most folks are settling into their beach chairs and popping...
  • Jimmie Johnson wins Coca-Cola 600 for first victory of season

    Jimmie Johnson wins Coca-Cola 600 for first victory of season
    Jimmie Johnson started Sunday as one of the drivers facing scrutiny for a winless NASCAR Sprint Cup season after 11 races. He will wake up Monday morning with no such worries. Johnson overtook Matt Kenseth with eight laps to go in the Coca-Cola 600,...