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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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  • Kurt Busch is reinstated by NASCAR

    Kurt Busch is reinstated by NASCAR
    NASCAR lifted its indefinite suspension of driver Kurt Busch on Wednesday, a week after prosecutors in Delaware said they would not pursue domestic-violence charges against the 2004 Cup champion. Busch will be allowed to compete in Sunday's Sprint Cup...
  • NASCAR reinstates Kurt Busch; grants him waiver for Chase

    NASCAR reinstates Kurt Busch; grants him waiver for Chase
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR lifted its suspension of Kurt Busch on Wednesday and ruled the former champion can compete in the title Chase should he qualify. Busch missed the first three races of the season when NASCAR suspended him for an...
  • NASCAR champ Kevin Harvick finds his happy place at Stewart-Haas

    NASCAR champ Kevin Harvick finds his happy place at Stewart-Haas
    There was a time not so long ago when Kevin Harvick wasn't feeling the love for his nickname, "Happy." He was stuck in a stagnant partnership with Richard Childress Racing, disengaged, and wanting out. He did exactly that by signing up with his...
  • Bianchi: Let expansion rivalry begin between Orlando City SC and New York City FC

     Bianchi: Let expansion rivalry begin between Orlando City SC and New York City FC
    Running off at the typewriter … There is one thing missing from Orlando City's inaugural MLS game with fellow expansion team New York City FC at the sold-out Citrus Bowl Sunday. Yes, we've had plenty of revelry this week, but where's the rivalry?...
  • Prosecutors: No charges for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

    Prosecutors: No charges for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch
    DOVER, Del. -- Delaware prosecutors said Thursday that they will not file criminal charges against NASCAR driver Kurt Busch following allegations of domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend. NASCAR officials indefinitely suspended Busch last month...
  • Kurt Busch Will Not Be Charged In Domestic Violence Case

    DOVER, Del. — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday. The decision by the state attorney general's...
  • Martin Truex Jr. perseveres through personal, professional pain to start strong

    Martin Truex Jr. perseveres through personal, professional pain to start strong
    Two races into NASCAR's Sprint Cup season is but a blip on the big screen, but it's good to see one of the good guys near the top of the charts. Martin Truex Jr. is fifth in points, with two Top 10 finishes. It's the classic underdog story: Truex Jr....
  • Trevor Bayne looks to recapture Daytona 500 magic carpet ride

     Trevor Bayne looks to recapture Daytona 500 magic carpet ride
    CHARLOTTE – Trevor Bayne. Remember him? He won the Daytona 500 in 2011 as a 20-year-old. Youngest winner in the history of the Great American Race. Cool Kid. Fabulous story. We were all amazed and smitten, conjuring up the ghost of the late...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Attorneys for NASCAR driver Busch say ex-girlfriend lied, asks judge not to issue protection order

    Attorneys for NASCAR driver Busch say ex-girlfriend lied, asks judge not to issue protection order
    DOVER, Del. — Attorneys for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch accused his ex-girlfriend of lying repeatedly on the witness stand during a court hearing in Delaware on her request for a no-contact order. Patricia Driscoll, 37, said Busch assaulted her in...