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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 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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's attempt at Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 double falls short

    Kurt Busch's attempt at Indy 500, Coca-Cola 600 double falls short
    Kurt Busch began his attempt at auto racing's doubleheader Sunday with a sixth-place finish at the Indianapolis 500 but was unable to become the second driver to complete it when his engine failed during the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, N.C. Busch fell...
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay wins thrilling Indianapolis 500

    Ryan Hunter-Reay wins thrilling Indianapolis 500
    Ryan Hunter-Reay edged Helio Castroneves to win the 98th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday after a dogfight between the two in the closing laps. Hunter-Reay beat Castroneves by less than a car length as they swept across the finish line in the second-closest...
  • 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...
  • Chip Ganassi wants to see an end to yellow caution Indy 500 finishes

    Chip Ganassi wants to see an end to yellow caution Indy 500 finishes
    The century-old Indianapolis 500 is steeped in tradition, from the pre-race release of thousands of balloons to the winner's gulp of milk in Victory Lane. But Chip Ganassi, one of racing's leading team owners, thinks Indy has one tradition too many....
  • Kurt Busch to attempt Indy 500, NASCAR's Coke 600 on same day

    Kurt Busch to attempt Indy 500, NASCAR's Coke 600 on same day
    NASCAR driver Kurt Busch said Tuesday he'll attempt to drive in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 on the same day May 25. If Busch qualifies for the Indy 500, he would become only the fourth driver to do "the double" on the same day and...