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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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  • Richmond winner Keselowski, Gordon, Harvick and Johnson primed to make a run at Cup Chase title

    Richmond winner Keselowski, Gordon, Harvick and Johnson primed to make a run at Cup Chase title
    RICHMOND — The Sprint Cup Series late-summer stop at Richmond International Raceway is a lot like the annual HBO series that follows an NFL team through preseason camp. The narratives are bottom heavy, with football final roster cuts covered at...
  • Now that the Chase field is set, it's time to rate the likely winners

    The Sports Xchange Now that the Chase field is set, it's time to rate the likely winners By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange The 26th race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season is over, and the Chase for the...
  • NASCAR's Chase for Sprint Cup: 16-driver field opens at Chicago

    NASCAR's Chase for Sprint Cup: 16-driver field opens at Chicago
    Brad Keselowski is the top seed for this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup, which gets underway Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. Keselowski, who won his fourth race of the season Sept. 6 at Richmond, leads the 16-driver field into the postseason. The new...
  • The First Reid: Don't Sleep on Non-Chase Drivers

    The Sports Xchange The First Reid: Don't Sleep on Non-Chase Drivers By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distrubuted by The Sports Xchange Now that the 26-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular season is over, most of our focus turns to the Chase,...
  • Playoffs? A look at NASCAR, elimination style

    The Sports Xchange Playoffs? A look at NASCAR, elimination style Sixteen drivers remain in contention to become NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series champion, and for the first time there will be elimination-style playoffs to get there. NASCAR's Chase format now...
  • Two spots still open in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup title playoff

    Two spots still open in NASCAR's Chase for the Cup title playoff
    There are 19 drivers with a shot at securing the final two spots in NASCAR's 16-driver Chase for the Cup title playoff going into the race Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. Four of those 19 Sprint Cup Series drivers could...
  • Gordon overtakes Logano to win at Michigan

    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange Gordon overtakes Logano to win at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Jeff Gordon got out in front of Joey Logano on a restart just inside 20 laps to go in the Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup...
  • Notebook: Forgettable day at Michigan for Larson

    The Sports Xchange Notebook: Forgettable day at Michigan for Larson By Scott Held NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Sunday was a rough day on the track for rookie Kyle Larson. It got worse when he looked at the...
  • Late restart catapults Gordon to Michigan victory

    The Sports Xchange Late restart catapults Gordon to Michigan victory By Scott Held, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange BROOKLYN, Mich. -- So much for restarts being a problem for Jeff Gordon. The four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup...
  • The Green Flag: Would Gordon leave on top? Not a chance

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Would Gordon leave on top? Not a chance By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange At Daytona in February, Jeff Gordon hinted to reporters in a preseason question-and-answer session that...
  • The Green Flag: Allmendinger ready to make Chase noise

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Allmendinger ready to make Chase noise By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange Are AJ Allmendinger and JTG/Daugherty Racing ready for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup? Ready or not,...