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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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  • Gordon's Family Leads Pack As He Readies For Final Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon will race in his final Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon free and easy, unburdened by all the demands that usually come along with the fire suit and driving the iconic No. 24 Chevy. House money, baby. Let it ride....
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins qualifying race for Daytona 500

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins qualifying race for Daytona 500
    Hendrick Motorsports swept Thursday night's qualifying races for the Daytona 500, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson winning their respective duel. The Earnhardt and Johnson wins were anticlimactic, with the drama saved for Danica Patrick's...
  • Daytona Duels should set pole as well as entire field for Great American Race

    Daytona Duels should set pole as well as entire field for Great American Race
    DAYTONA BEACH — Darrell Waltrip has famously said, "You know what's NASCAR's favorite saying is? 'If it isn't broken, we'll work on it until it is.' '' Anybody who watched The Bizarro World concept of Daytona 500 group qualifying Sunday...
  • Jeff Gordon wins Daytona 500 pole after qualifying chaos

    Jeff Gordon wins Daytona 500 pole after qualifying chaos
    DAYTONA BEACH — Jeff Gordon won the pole Sunday afternoon for the 57th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. Or maybe he hit bingo. Rock, paper, scissors. Or spun the roulette wheel and let it ride on his favorite number, 24. That's kind of how...
  • Danica Patrick crashes during practice, needs strong Duels showing to make Daytona 500 field

    Danica Patrick crashes during practice, needs strong Duels showing to make Daytona 500 field
    A five-car wreck involving Danica Patrick during Wednesday’s Sprint Cup practice session has turned up the pressure on the only female competitor at SpeedWeeks. Patrick will be forced to her back-up car and to start from the back of the pack...
  • A NASCAR Insider's Guide to Daytona

    A NASCAR Insider's Guide to Daytona
    DAYTONA BEACH — It is early morning in Daytona Beach, and you pull your Ford into the drive-through at Smoothie King. You pause, and do a double take. There is a man in front of you in a golf cart. That would be Joey Logano, a guy who drives...
  • Can Sunday's Daytona 500 build on the ratings momentum generated by the crazy qualifying?

    Can Sunday's Daytona 500 build on the ratings momentum generated by the crazy qualifying?
    Maybe NASCAR has it right after all. Maybe it should hold its version of the Super Bowl first on the schedule instead of last. By the time NASCAR's Sprint Cup series ends in November only the racing die-hards seem to pay much attention considering we'...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch claims ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin

    NASCAR's Kurt Busch claims ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin
    For a guy who goes by the nickname "The Outlaw," NASCAR driver Kurt Busch appeared a little uneasy when testifying about his ex-girlfriend at a no-contact order hearing his week. That's because Busch claims Patricia Driscoll is a trained assassin who...
  • Hearing begins for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch over ex's claims

    Hearing begins for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch over ex's claims
    DOVER, Del. -- A hearing for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch on his ex-girlfriend's request for a no-contact order has resumed. Monday's hearing in Dover, Delaware, began with Busch's attorney calling a chaplain who ministers to NASCAR drivers. The chaplain,...
  • Kurt Busch assault investigation moves to prosecutors

    Kurt Busch assault investigation moves to prosecutors
    Police in Delaware investigating allegations that NASCAR driver Kurt Busch assaulted his former girlfriend have forwarded their findings to state prosecutors, who will determine whether charges will be filed. Dover police Cpl. Mark Hoffman told the...
  • NASCAR driver accused of abuse says ex is trained assassin

     NASCAR driver accused of abuse says ex is trained assassin
    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The NASCAR driver known as "The Outlaw" testified Tuesday he believes his ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin dispatched on covert missions around the world who once returned to him in a blood-splattered gown. "Everybody on...