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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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  • Tony Kanaan tops speed chart in final practice for Indy 500

    Tony Kanaan tops speed chart in final practice for Indy 500
    Defending winner Tony Kanaan posted the fastest speed Friday in final practice for the Indianapolis 500. Kanaan turned a lap of 227.838 mph during the one-hour session on "Carb Day" at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a throwback term to the days when crews...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch OK after hard crash in Indy 500 practice

    Kurt Busch crashed hard during practice Monday for the Indianapolis 500 but walked away from the accident unhurt. Busch is the NASCAR driver attempting "the double" this year by racing in the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 stock-car race at...
  • 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....
  • Denny Hamlin earns pole position for Sprint Cup race at Pocono

    Denny Hamlin earns pole position for Sprint Cup race at Pocono
    Denny Hamlin won the pole the first time he ever raced at Pocono Raceway. Eight years later, Hamlin still had the speed in the No. 11 Toyota to take the top spot at the triangle track. Hamlin turned a track record-lap of 181.415 mph Friday to win the...
  • 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...
  • Brendan Gaughan wins Nationwide race at Road America

    Brendan Gaughan wins Nationwide race at Road America
    Brendan Gaughan took the lead after a green-white-checkered restart at Elkhart Lake, Wis., then held on to win the rain-soaked and wild NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America on Saturday. Alex Tagliani was second, followed by Kevin O'Connell,...
  • McMurray wins pole for Sunday's NASCAR race in Sonoma

    SONOMA, Calif. -- Jamie McMurray saved the best for last on Saturday in winning the pole for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in record time. The last driver to make his first attempt in the 10-minute second round of NASCAR Sprint Cup...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins for the first time at Pocono

     
    The most popular driver in NASCAR was the big winner at Pocono on Sunday. Finally. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., overtook Brad Keselowski on the 155th lap of 160 and held on for a thrilling victory in the Pocono 400. With thousands of people in the grandstand on...
  • Kurt Busch takes NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Martinsville

    Kurt Busch takes NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Martinsville
    MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Kurt Busch passed Martinsville master Jimmie Johnson for the lead with 10 laps to go Sunday and held off the eight-time victor to win at Martinsville Speedway for the first time since October 2002. Johnson, with eight wins in 25...