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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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  • Aric Almirola wins rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 at Daytona

    Aric Almirola has won the rain-delayed and rain-shortened NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway, putting Richard Petty's famed No. 43 in Victory Lane for the first time since 1999. Almirola's unexpected win came on the same weekend...
  • Johnson bumped from 2nd spot in standings

    Johnson bumped from 2nd spot in standings
    DAYTONA BEACH — Defending Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson was one of two drivers to not return following Sunday's 16-car Lap 21 wreck in the Coke Zero 400 and was awarded only two points in the standings. "I don't know what triggered it or what...
  • Almirola pilots No. 43 to rain-shortened Daytona win

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. After the weather had put its final soggy stamp on the weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Aric Almirola drove one of NASCAR's iconic cars to victory in the Coke Zero 400. Almirola, driver of Richard Petty Motorsports' No. 43...
  • Opinions differ on calling Coke Zero 400

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. One thing is certain at the conclusion of a rain-shortened race: The winner thinks it was called at the right time, and those who didn't win wish it could have continued. That was the case Sunday at Daytona International Speedway,...
  • 'Cuban Missile' pilots The King's car to Daytona Victory Lane

    'Cuban Missile' pilots The King's car to Daytona Victory Lane
    DAYTONA BEACH — Anybody have "The Cuban Missile" in their Coke Zero 400 pool? In a soggy and slushy scrum of stock cars stretching two days, involving plenty of carnage and the brutal inconvenience of dark skies, Aric Almirola can thank the...
  • Almirola shouldn't sweat the Chase

    The Sports Xchange Almirola shouldn't sweat the Chase By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distrubuted by The Sports Xchange During Sunday's extended rain delay, with his No. 43 Ford sitting first in a severely depleted field, Aric Almirola said he...
  • Kurt Busch penalized after failed inspection

    The Sports Xchange Kurt Busch penalized after failed inspection NASCAR took 10 points away from Sprint Cup driver Kurt Busch on Tuesday after his third-place finish in Sunday's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway because his No. 41 car...
  • NASCAR Driver Capsules, July 9 - Part 2

    Part 2 : continues.... ETC.: Larson has been used to running a lot of races, but his schedule in 2014 has been limited to the Sprint Cup Series and companion Nationwide Series events. "Being such a die-hard sprint car racer and fan and everything, I...
  • Pressure on big stars increase as spots in NASCAR's Chase for the Championship dwindle

    Eleven spots are filled for the upcoming Chase for the Championship. That leaves just five openings — and only eight races remaining to get one of the guaranteed entries. For Aric Almirola, Sprint Cup's newest winner, things couldn't be better. His...
  • Aric Almirola still sky-high after his victory at Daytona 400

    Aric Almirola still sky-high after his victory at Daytona 400
    RICHMOND — As a matter of fact, no, Aric Almirola isn't the least bit apologetic, doesn't feel the least bit unworthy of winning a rain-shortened NASCAR race in which most of the field turned into a darn fine scrap metal collection. Almirola,...
  • Vickers aiming to end New Hampshire streak

    The Sports Xchange Vickers aiming to end New Hampshire streak NASCAR Wire Service Distrubuted by The Sports Xchange It's not a record. But it's close. And it's unbelievable. Over the course of the last 12 races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, 12...
  • 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...