Kurt Busch facts for kids
Busch at the 2015 Toyota/Save Mart 350
|Born||August 4, 1978
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||160 lb (73 kg)|
|Achievements||2004 Nextel Cup Series Champion
2003 IROC Champion
2010 Coca-Cola 600 Winner
2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Winner
2011 Budweiser Shootout Winner
2017 Daytona 500 Winner
1999 NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour Champion
|Awards||2000 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2014 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
|676 races run over 20 years|
|Car #, team||No. 1 (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
Kurt Thomas Busch (born August 4, 1978) is an American professional stock car racing driver. He currently competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Chip Ganassi Racing. He is the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion. He is the older brother of 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch. The brothers are second-generation racing drivers; their father, Tom, won several NASCAR-sanctioned events.
Busch has also driven for Stewart-Haas Racing, Furniture Row Racing, Phoenix Racing, Penske Racing, and Roush Racing in his Cup career, which began in 2000. The winner of thirty Cup career races, Busch was driving for Roush Racing when he won the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship.
With a 2006 win in the Busch Series, Busch became one of only 31 drivers to win races in all three of NASCAR's top divisions: the Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series. Busch is also a Daytona 500 winner, accomplishing the feat in 2017.
Early and personal life
Busch was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the age of six, Busch was accompanying his father to the track and driving go-carts himself. As an underage teenager, he competed in Dwarf competition winning in just his second race, at the Las Vegas Speedway Park. This father and son team competed western tracks from Southern California to Utah.
In 1994, his first full year as a driver, Busch won ten consecutive races at ten different tracks. His father eventually sold their dwarf equipment and purchased a powerful car for the Legends Series, which Busch began driving in 1996 at age 18.
Busch became engaged to girlfriend Eva Bryan while attending the 2005 Hungarian Grand Prix. On July 27, 2006, three years to the day of them meeting on a blind date, they were married in Virginia. The footage was taped and later aired on national television. Busch and Eva Bryan filed for divorce in June 2011 and were legally separated later that month.
Busch is also an avid baseball fan and stated the goal of visiting every ballpark nationwide. His favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs.
His younger brother Kyle Busch also competes full-time in the Cup Series, also, driving the No. 18 Camry. He is the 2015 Sprint Cup champion and runs part-time in both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series.
In October 2014 at Martinsville, Busch was introduced to polo player Ashley Van Metre by her sister, who was also a friend of Busch. The two eventually began dating, and Busch announced their engagement on August 26, 2015. They were married on January 7, 2017.
As of August 2019, Busch and his wife star on CMT's Racing Wives reality tv show.
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