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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...
  • 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....
  • Kevin Harvick wins pole for Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway

    Kevin Harvick wins pole for Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway
    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Kevin Harvick has a second straight shot at winning from the pole at Kansas Speedway. Harvick was back on top at the 1.5-mile track, posting a track record to help propel him to his second pole of the season. Harvick posted his...
  • Jeff Gordon earns his first victory of the year

    Jeff Gordon earns his first victory of the year
    Jeff Gordon grabbed the lead in the final laps at Kansas Speedway and held on for his first victory of the season and 89th overall. The 42-year-old Gordon held off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick on the final lap to move into the Chase for the Sprint...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Arian Foster says he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee

    Arian Foster says he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee
    Houston Texans running back Arian Foster says in an upcoming documentary he accepted money his senior year at Tennessee. "Honestly, I don't know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation, but my senior year I was getting money on the side,"...
  • 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...
  • Watch 16-car wreck that marred end of NASCAR race in Talladega

    Watch 16-car wreck that marred end of NASCAR race in Talladega
      A 16-car wreck marred the end of the NASCAR race in Talladega, Ala., on Sunday, and a lot of drivers lashed out at track officials afterward. With six laps to go, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. bumped J.J. Yeley, sending Yeley's car into Kurt Busch's car,...
  • 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...
  • Johnson dominates Pocono for third 2013 victory; Bowyer comes home 15th

    Johnson dominates Pocono for third 2013 victory; Bowyer comes home 15th
    It's not a good idea to rile up Jimmie Johnson.   A week after a penalty for jumping the final restart at Dover knocked Johnson out of a near-certain victory, Johnson absolutely scorched the field in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Party in the...