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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 Green Flag: Allmendinger ready to make Chase noise

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Allmendinger ready to make Chase noise By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange Are AJ Allmendinger and JTG/Daugherty Racing ready for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup? Ready or not,...
  • AJ Allmendinger wins NASCAR's Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. That was truly a race into the Chase. A.J. Allmendinger went door-to-door and fender-to-fender over the final two laps with Marcos Ambrose to muscle out a win in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. The win...
  • Third-place finisher Kurt Busch enjoyed front-row seat

    The Sports Xchange Third-place finisher Kurt Busch enjoyed front-row seat By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.-- Sure, Kurt Busch wouldn't have minded too much if AJ Allmendinger and Marcos...
  • Allmendinger edges Ambrose at Watkins Glen

    The Sports Xchange By Amanda Vincent, The Sports Xchange Allmendinger edges Ambrose at Watkins Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- A.J. Allmendinger held off Marcos Ambrose on three late-race restarts to win the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series...
  • Gordon Knocks Ambrose Off Watkins Glen Pole

    WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — When the second and final round of qualifying ended on Saturday at Watkins Glen International, Jeff Gordon climbed onto the window ledge of his No. 24 Chevrolet and raised his arms in triumph. Gordon had just won the pole for...
  • Gordon continues roll, wins pole at the Glen

    Jeff Gordon holds the record for most road course wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but his last victory at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International came in 2001. He'll have an excellent opportunity to change that in Sunday's Cheez-It 355 at the Glen...
  • Gordon knocks Ambrose off Watkins Glen pole

    The Sports Xchange Gordon knocks Ambrose off Watkins Glen pole By Reid Spencer NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- When the second and final round of qualifying ended on Saturday at Watkins Glen International,...
  • Watkins Glen provides opportunity for winless drivers

    The Sports Xchange Watkins Glen provides opportunity for winless drivers By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange For those who still have aspirations to run for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the final 10...
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoids pileup, wins GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway

     Dale Earnhardt Jr. avoids pileup, wins GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway
    And just like that, 0-for-28 has turned into 2-for-2 for Dale Earnhardt Jr. The most popular driver on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series says that nothing in his life matters if he doesn't perform well on Sundays, which means that twice a year for the past...
  • Kevin Harvick scrambles to runner-up finish

    LONG POND, Pa. Kevin Harvick came up short again in his quest for his third Sprint Cup Series victory of the season. But it was a shocker he was still in position for the win late in the race. Harvick was penalized for speeding on pit road and was...
  • Brendan Gaughan wins Nationwide race at Road America

    Brendan Gaughan wins Nationwide race at Road America
    Brendan Gaughan took the lead after a green-white-checkered restart at Elkhart Lake, Wis., then held on to win the rain-soaked and wild NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America on Saturday. Alex Tagliani was second, followed by Kevin O'Connell,...
  • McMurray wins pole for Sunday's NASCAR race in Sonoma

    McMurray wins pole for Sunday's NASCAR race in Sonoma
    SONOMA, Calif. -- Jamie McMurray saved the best for last on Saturday in winning the pole for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in record time. The last driver to make his first attempt in the 10-minute second round of NASCAR Sprint Cup...