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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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  • NASCAR rolls into Las Vegas with a parade, country music and fast cars

    NASCAR rolls into Las Vegas with a parade, country music and fast cars
    NASCAR rumbles into Las Vegas on Sunday, Mar. 8, when the Kobalt 400 takes place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Last year, Brad Keselowski won the race, passing Dale Earnhardt Jr., who ran out of gas on the final lap. While the race itself is the...
  • NASCAR suspends driver Kurt Busch indefinitely

    NASCAR suspends driver Kurt Busch indefinitely
    DAYTONA BEACH --  NASCAR suspended Kurt Busch on Friday, just two days before the Daytona 500, hours after a Delaware judge said the former champion committed an act of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend and there was a “substantial...
  • Logano victory is pinnacle of a week in which NASCAR did itself proud

     Logano victory is pinnacle of a week in which NASCAR did itself proud
    DAYTONA BEACH — After the controversy and consternation of the last few days and all the star-crossed buzzard's luck of the last few years, the Daytona 500 got just what it needed on Sunday. A sunny honey of a day. Hard, clean racing. And...
  • Jeff Gordon's final Daytona 500 slowed by multicar crash

    Jeff Gordon's final Daytona 500 slowed by multicar crash
    Another chapter in Jeff Gordon's storied career was unfolding in the first half of the Daytona 500. Gordon has said this will be his last year in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, and the four-time champion hoped to kick off the year with his fourth Daytona...
  • Reed overcomes diabetes to win

    Reed overcomes diabetes to win
    DAYTONA BEACH — Before 20-year-old Ryan Reed beat NASCAR veterans Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, he had to deal with a far greater opponent: diabetes. "To be diagnosed four years ago with Type 1 diabetes, I thought I'd never...
  • Kurt Busch stands confident, defiant, in face of domestic-abuse charges

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kurt Busch reiterated that he is a "truth-teller" on Tuesday, insisting he is not trying to spin a crazy fairy tale that seems unbelievable: His ex-girlfriend is a trained assassin. "My right hand was on the Bible and I swore...
  • Kurt Busch out for Daytona after domestic abuse ruling

    Kurt Busch out for Daytona after domestic abuse ruling
    DAYTONA BEACH — Kurt Busch is out for Sunday's Daytona 500 after NASCAR announced his indefinite suspension stemming from a domestic-abuse incident involving former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. Busch and Driscoll have been intertwined in nasty and...
  • Kurt Busch loses appeal to race in Daytona 500

    Kurt Busch loses appeal to race in Daytona 500
    Kurt Busch has lost his appeal to be reinstated for the season-opening Daytona 500. A three-judge panel upheld NASCAR's suspension on Saturday, but attorney Rusty Hardin said Busch will now go to final appeals officer Bryan Moss, who indicated he would...
  • Kurt Busch set for Daytona 500 despite restraining order

    Kurt Busch set for Daytona 500 despite restraining order
    Kurt Busch is still a go for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. But he has a tentative grip on his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS. Busch has been ordered by a Delaware judge to stay away from his ex-girlfriend. Patricia Driscoll, under a protective order...
  • Kurt Busch, 'assassin girlfriend' drama is off-the-charts crazy

    Kurt Busch, 'assassin girlfriend' drama is off-the-charts crazy
    Love on the rocks, ain't no big surprise, just pour me a drink and I'll tell you some lies. Neil Diamond's syrupy love ballad is perfect for the crazy and combustible relationship between NASCAR driver Kurt Busch and Patricia Driscoll. Is Busch's ex-...
  • NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch indefinitely after domestic abuse filing

    NASCAR suspends Kurt Busch indefinitely after domestic abuse filing
    NASCAR on Friday suspended driver Kurt Busch indefinitely after a family court judge said it was "more likely than not" that Busch committed domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend last fall. The action against Busch, a 36-year-old former champion,...