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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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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins pole position for NASCAR race at Dover

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins pole position for NASCAR race at Dover
    Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Dover, Del., the third leg of the 10-race Chase for the Cup championship playoff. Earnhardt, who needs a strong finish Sunday to bolster his title hopes, turned a lap of...
  • It's the season of switching teams for several NASCAR drivers

    A new NASCAR season is only a few weeks away, with some of the sport's top drivers switching teams in hopes of winning a Sprint Cup title. They include veterans Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman, and they'll start getting ready for the season...
  • NASCAR Chase TV schedule 2013

     
    NASCAR Chase TV schedule 2013: The Sprint Cup Series “playoffs” begin Sunday, Sept. 15, at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., in the GEICO 400, the first race of the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Full Chase TV schedule below. The...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Is it over if you lose at Dover?

    The Backstretch Blog: Is it over if you lose at Dover?
    After the race last week in New Hampshire, it really looks like the Chase for the Championship is a three team race, with everyone trying to catch Matt Kenseth. So I'll the question, for everyone other than Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson...Is it...
  • Joe Gibbs, Kurt Busch among intriguing stories in expanded Chase

    Joe Gibbs remains the only coach to win Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks. Almost as remarkable, none of the three — Joe Theismann, Doug Williams and Mark Rypien — has a Canton zip code. More than two decades removed from his...
  • Ryan Newman wins pole for NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire

    Ryan Newman wins pole for NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire
    Ryan Newman on Friday won the pole position for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Newman topped a contingent of drivers in the Chase for the Cup title playoff who led qualifying at the 1.06-mile oval in Loudon, N.H....
  • The Backstretch Blog: Loudon Calling

    The Backstretch Blog: Loudon Calling
    This week NASCAR is heading to Loudon, New Hampshire home of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This track used to be the first race in the chase until two seasons ago. Now it's race number two. A second chance to make a chase statement. "It matters....
  • Newman wins pole at New Hampshire; Bowyer starts 16th

    Newman wins pole at New Hampshire; Bowyer starts 16th
    Ryan Newman turned a track record lap of 136.497 mph to win the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and headline a top 12 loaded with Chase drivers for Sunday's race.     Chase for the Sprint Cup championship drivers filled 10 of the top 12 spots...
  • Record laps give Jimmie Johnson pole; Bowyer starts 16th

    Record laps give Jimmie Johnson pole; Bowyer starts 16th
    The clouds rolled in right on cue and Jimmie Johnson rolled out to the grid -- late to Friday's qualifying session at Pocono Raceway. Inspection issues delayed Johnson's arrival at the head of the qualifying queue and just may have been a contributing...
  • Kahne beats teammate Gordon in two-lap dash for Pocono win; Bowyer 14th

    Kahne beats teammate Gordon in two-lap dash for Pocono win; Bowyer 14th
    Taking advantage of a caution, Kasey Kahne buried his car into Turn 1 with two laps left and grabbed a win from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon in Sunday's GoBowling.com NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway.    Kahne picked up his...
  • Five take-aways from weekend's NASCAR, IndyCar races

    1. The battle to get into NASCAR's Chase for the Cup remains as tight as ever. Twelve drivers qualify for the 10-race playoff: the top 10 in points after 26 races along with two wild-card drivers who have the most wins among those 11th to 20th in points....