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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: Mega milestones in reach for Gordon

    The Sports Xchange The Green Flag: Mega milestones in reach for Gordon By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service Distributed by The Sports Xchange In Sunday's Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard, Jeff Gordon won the 90th race of...
  • 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...
  • Driver's death should be sobering wake-up call for Tony Stewart

    Driver's death should be sobering wake-up call for Tony Stewart
    Once the tears dry and the tragedy of a young man's death starts to fade away, Tony Stewart will be faced with the dark reality of his passion for racing: It is ruining his career. Let's put a big old disclaimer on here from the get-go: Kevin Ward Jr....
  • 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,...
  • Greg Biffle under pressure to become championship contender

    Greg Biffle under pressure to become championship contender
    Greg Biffle is NASCAR's Bubble Boy. It is a precarious place to be with just five races to go before the 16-driver field is set for the Chase. Although Biffle is 13th in points after a fifth-place finish at Pocono, he is precariously close to not...
  • NASCAR Driver Capsules, Aug. 13 - Part 2

    Part 2 : continues.... 55 BRIAN VICKERS, Toyota Team: Michael Waltrip Racing WHERE HE STANDS: 18th, 61 points out of a spot in the Chase. MICHIGAN RECORD: One win and eight top-10 finishes in 15 starts. LOOKING AHEAD: Vickers realizes his only...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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 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,...