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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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  • Kyle Busch seals Chase place with win

    Kyle Busch seals Chase place with win
    HAMPTON, Ga. -- On a night when the reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski saw his hopes of making this year's Chase for the Championship all but go up in smoke, Kyle Busch came out of nowhere Sunday to win the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor...
  • Jimmie Johnson wins pole for NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway

    Jimmie Johnson wins pole for NASCAR race at Pocono Raceway
    Jimmie Johnson, shrugging off a misstep that cost him last week's Sprint Cup Series race in Indianapolis, won the pole position for the next race Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Johnson, the five-time Cup champion, turned a lap in his No. 48...
  • Stewart aims for '14 Daytona return

    Stewart aims for '14 Daytona return
    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Tony Stewart asserted Tuesday at the Stewart-Haas race shop that his broken bones would mend in time for the 2014 Daytona 500 and that the organization he co-owns with Gene Haas was never fractured in the first place. Holding his...
  • Kyle Busch gets the road-course win at Watkins Glen

    Kyle Busch gets the road-course win at Watkins Glen
    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Kyle Busch finally has that elusive second win at Watkins Glen International, atoning for a year ago when he lost a certain victory on the last lap. On a two-lap dash to the finish in the caution-filled Sprint Cup race Sunday,...
  • 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...
  • Brian Vickers snaps 75-race losing streak with Sprint Cup win

    LOUDON, N.H. -- Brian Vickers pulled into the lead late and took off on the green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The surprise winner snapped a 75-race losing streak in the series with his third career Sprint Cup...
  • Brian Vickers pulls off surprise victory in Cup race at Loudon; Bowyer battles to 13th

    Brian Vickers pulls off surprise victory in Cup race at Loudon; Bowyer battles to 13th
    Surprise! The Michael Waltrip Racing driver almost everyone expected to win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway wasn’t in Victory Lane. But his part-time teammate was. Making the most of his limited stint in MWR’s No. 55 Toyota, Brian Vickers...
  • Brad Keselowski nabs Loudon pole; Jimmie Johnson's time disallowed

    Brad Keselowski nabs Loudon pole; Jimmie Johnson's time disallowed
    Brad Keselowski didn't think his lap was fast enough. Jimmie Johnson was late to the grid after trouble getting through inspection.   Kurt Busch hit the rev limiter entering the first corner. Nevertheless, those three drivers were to lead the field to...
  • The Backstretch Blog: Your Cheatin' Heart

    The Backstretch Blog: Your Cheatin' Heart
    If there is one thing that is consistent when it comes to NASCAR penalties, is that there seems to be no consistency. At least that is the way it seems from the outside. I am sure that NASCAR actually has a very well thought out reasoned methodology to...
  • NASCAR's Juan Pablo Montoya fastest in Brickyard 400 practice

    INDIANAPOLIS — Juan Pablo Montoya turned the fastest lap Friday in the first practice session for NASCAR's Brickyard 400. Montoya, an Indianapolis 500 winner in 2000 who later migrated to NASCAR stock-car racing, posted a lap of 185.410 mph in his...