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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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  • The First Reid: If only I could have a spotter

    The Sports Xchange The First Reid: If only I could have a spotter By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange After Sunday's MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the first race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup,...
  • Roller coaster race for Buschs, Kenseth

    The Sports Xchange Roller coaster race for Buschs, Kenseth By Tina Akouris, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange JOLIET, Ill. -- A couple of near spin-outs on pit road, getting a free pass and a near crash between two brothers sums up...
  • Brad Keselowski pulls away to win at Chicagoland Speedway

    Opportunity knocked. And Brad Keselowski burst through the door. With 15 of 267 laps remaining, Keselowski dove between Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick while they battled for the lead to claim the top spot for himself and opened the 2014 Chase for the...
  • NASCAR'S new Chase format zooms into Chicagoland

    NASCAR'S new Chase format zooms into Chicagoland
    When the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, fans and drivers are in for a whole new ballgame, so to speak. Now more than ever, NASCAR's final 10 races of the season will have a playoff feel because drivers...
  • Drivers fan out across North American to promote Chas

    The Sports Xchange Drivers fan out across North American to promote Chas Staff Report NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange In four days, NASCAR's playoffs -- the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup -- will begin. To help launch the...
  • Qualifying washout puts Kyle Busch on pole

    The Sports Xchange Qualifying washout puts Kyle Busch on pole By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange JOLIET, Ill. -- Persistent rain and cold weather that inhibited track drying at Chicagoland Speedway forced...
  • Kyle Busch gets pole for Chase opener with a little help from rain

    JOLIET, Ill. As the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup is set to kick off this weekend, Kyle Busch said he was anxious for circumstances to begin to "go the right way" for he and his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing team. Apparently, Mother Nature was listening....
  • Who's the favorite to win the Sprint Cup championship?

    In 2004, NASCAR went to the "Chase" format to determine the Sprint Cup champion, a gimmicky change aimed at giving the racing community a playoff-type feel similar to other professional sports. But just when fans finally familiarize and understand the...
  • Chase race begins with Keselowski as top seed

    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange Chase race begins with Keselowski as top seed CHICAGO -- Brad Keselowski heads into the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship as the top seed after a series-leading four wins in 26...
  • Johnson feels good about Chase chances

    The Sports Xchange Johnson feels good about Chase chances By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange CHICAGO -- For those who question the strength of the No. 48 team, driver Jimmie Johnson says he's more confident entering...
  • A.J. Allmendinger's misfits hope to shock NASCAR world in the Chase for Sprint Cup

    NASCAR's A.J. Allmendinger calls his underdog race team The Misfits. It's an apt description for JTG Daughtery Racing, a one-car operation that will be seeded 13th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and competing against the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports,...
  • NASCAR Driver Capsules, Sept. 10 - Part 1

    The Sports Xchange NASCAR Driver Capsules, Sept. 10 Capsules for the top 20 drivers in the Sprint Cup standings, plus five additional drivers of note. By Jerry Bonkowski and Bob Moore 2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Ford Team: Penske Racing WHERE HE STANDS: Brad...