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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's Regan Smith prepares to replace Kurt Busch in Daytona 500

    NASCAR's Regan Smith prepares to replace Kurt Busch in Daytona 500
    NASCAR driver Regan Smith had planned to watch the Daytona 500 from his couch Sunday. But Smith, who mainly drives in NASCAR's second-level Xfinity Series, now is scheduled to compete in the biggest race of the year in the sport's top-tier Sprint Cup...
  • NASCAR should have rid itself of classless Kurt Busch long ago

     NASCAR should have rid itself of classless Kurt Busch long ago
    DAYTONA BEACH — For the longest time, the most famous words in all of racing were, "Gentlemen, start your engines." The key word being "Gentlemen" — the plural of "Gentleman." Dictionary definition: "A man who treats other people in a...
  • NASCAR needs force-field technology to protect Danica from alien intruders

     NASCAR needs force-field technology to protect Danica from alien intruders
    Running off at the typewriter … Because Danica Patrick seems to crash anytime Denny Hamlin (or anyone else, for that matter) gets close to her, I think NASCAR needs to begin work immediately on some form of high-tech force-field technology....
  • Kurt Busch plans final appeal after NASCAR suspension is upheld

    Kurt Busch plans final appeal after NASCAR suspension is upheld
    Kurt Busch's indefinite suspension by NASCAR was upheld by a three-judge appeals panel on Saturday, meaning he has virtually no shot at being able to race in the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Busch said he will appeal the suspension to Gulfstream President...
  • Gordon's Family Leads Pack As He Readies For Final Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jeff Gordon will race in his final Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon free and easy, unburdened by all the demands that usually come along with the fire suit and driving the iconic No. 24 Chevy. House money, baby. Let it ride....
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins qualifying race for Daytona 500

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins qualifying race for Daytona 500
    Hendrick Motorsports swept Thursday night's qualifying races for the Daytona 500, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson winning their respective duel. The Earnhardt and Johnson wins were anticlimactic, with the drama saved for Danica Patrick's...
  • A NASCAR Insider's Guide to Daytona

    A NASCAR Insider's Guide to Daytona
    DAYTONA BEACH — It is early morning in Daytona Beach, and you pull your Ford into the drive-through at Smoothie King. You pause, and do a double take. There is a man in front of you in a golf cart. That would be Joey Logano, a guy who drives...
  • Can Sunday's Daytona 500 build on the ratings momentum generated by the crazy qualifying?

    Can Sunday's Daytona 500 build on the ratings momentum generated by the crazy qualifying?
    Maybe NASCAR has it right after all. Maybe it should hold its version of the Super Bowl first on the schedule instead of last. By the time NASCAR's Sprint Cup series ends in November only the racing die-hards seem to pay much attention considering we'...
  • Daytona Duels should set pole as well as entire field for Great American Race

    Daytona Duels should set pole as well as entire field for Great American Race
    DAYTONA BEACH — Darrell Waltrip has famously said, "You know what's NASCAR's favorite saying is? 'If it isn't broken, we'll work on it until it is.' '' Anybody who watched The Bizarro World concept of Daytona 500 group qualifying Sunday...
  • Jeff Gordon wins Daytona 500 pole after qualifying chaos

    Jeff Gordon wins Daytona 500 pole after qualifying chaos
    DAYTONA BEACH — Jeff Gordon won the pole Sunday afternoon for the 57th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 22. Or maybe he hit bingo. Rock, paper, scissors. Or spun the roulette wheel and let it ride on his favorite number, 24. That's kind of how...
  • Danica Patrick crashes during practice, needs strong Duels showing to make Daytona 500 field

    Danica Patrick crashes during practice, needs strong Duels showing to make Daytona 500 field
    A five-car wreck involving Danica Patrick during Wednesday’s Sprint Cup practice session has turned up the pressure on the only female competitor at SpeedWeeks. Patrick will be forced to her back-up car and to start from the back of the pack...