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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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  • Joey Logano pulls away to win Sylvania 300

    LOUDON, N.H. Joey Logano pulled away in the last 20 laps to take the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and thus guarantee he'll advance to the next round of the Sprint Cup Chase. Rookie Kyle Larson finished second with Kevin Harvick coming...
  • NASCAR: Richmond win bolsters Keselowski's Chase bid

    RICHMOND, Va. He's back and better than ever. One year after failing to qualify for NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff, Brad Keselowski is not only back in the field but also leading the way. Keselowski claimed the No. 1 seed in the Chase...
  • 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...
  • NASCAR's Kurt Busch OK after hard crash in Indy 500 practice

    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...
  • 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. 24 - Part 1

    The Sports Xchange NASCAR Driver Capsules, Sept. 24 Capsules for the drivers remaining in The Chase. By Jerry Bonkowski and Bob Moore 2 BRAD KESELOWSKI, Ford Team: Penske Racing WHERE HE STANDS: Brad Keselowski remained at the top of the Chase for...
  • Community Connections: Speed thrills at nearby Autobahn Indoor Speedway

    Autobahn Indoor Speedway is helping Jordan Wallace satisfy his need for speed. Since one too many concussions forced Wallace to leave behind the gridiron as a member of the football team at Annapolis High, he's been following his dream of becoming a...
  • Gordon wins at Dover in Chase elimination race

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — At 43, Jeff Gordon entered the season answering questions about retirement. After wins at Kansas, Indianapolis, Michigan and Dover for his first four-win season since he had six in 2007, the four-time NASCAR champion is answering...
  • California native Cole Custer, 16, didn't expect to make NASCAR history

    California native Cole Custer, 16, didn't expect to make NASCAR history
    After winning the NASCAR truck race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, Cole Custer and his family had dinner at a nearby restaurant in Loudon, N.H. "That was pretty much it" as far as celebrating, said Custer, a native of Ladera Ranch, Calif....
  • The Green Flag: Johnson likely to make statement at Dover

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Johnson likely to make statement at Dover By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange To a trucker, the "rocking chair" is a comfortable place to ride between the lead truck in a convoy and...
  • After New Hampshire, all Chase drivers back in the game

    The Sports Xchange After New Hampshire, all Chase drivers back in the game By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange LOUDON, N.H. -- Wide open. That's an apt description of Sunday's action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway,...
  • Logano wins at New Hampshire in 2nd Chase race

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Raised in Connecticut, Joey Logano always considered New Hampshire his home track, the one where he dreamed of being bathed in confetti in Victory Lane and flocked by family and friends. For Logano, the track about 75 miles...