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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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  • Kevin Harvick wins pole for Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway

    Kevin Harvick wins pole for Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kevin Harvick has a second straight shot at winning from the pole at Kansas Speedway. Harvick was back on top at the 1.5-mile track, posting a track record to help propel him to his second pole of the season. Harvick posted his...
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay wins Indianapolis 500 for the first time

    In qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay could manage no better than 19th-fastest in the 33-car field, which left him puzzled. “It's a head-scratcher,” Hunter-Reay said at the time. “But the race is the only thing...
  • Jeff Gordon earns his first victory of the year

    Jeff Gordon earns his first victory of the year
    Jeff Gordon grabbed the lead in the final laps at Kansas Speedway and held on for his first victory of the season and 89th overall. The 42-year-old Gordon held off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick on the final lap to move into the Chase for the Sprint...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kyle Busch wins Auto Club 400 at Fontana for second year in a row

    The race was Jimmie Johnson's to lose, and he unknowingly found a way to lose it. Johnson was sailing toward a record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup win in Fontana on Sunday when his No. 48 Chevrolet blew a left-front tire with only six laps remaining. It...
  • Kurt Busch outduels Johnson at Martinsville

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kurt Busch got by Jimmie Johnson with 11 laps remaining at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday and was able to hold off Johnson in the closing laps to win the STP 500 Sprint Cup race. "I didn't know if we'd be able to do it," Busch...
  • 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...
  • Carl Edwards wins rain-plagued Sprint Cup race at Bristol

    Carl Edwards wins rain-plagued Sprint Cup race at Bristol
    Carl Edwards won a rain-plagued NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, fittingly with the final two laps under caution as showers began to fall again. The Food City 500 was delayed nearly two hours before the start and for another three hours...