Biography – About Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch Is a NASCAR Cup Series driver of the No. 1 Camaro with Chip Ganassi Racing. He is entering his 21st full-time season and third with CGR after five years with Stewart-Haas Racing. A Premier Series champion in 2004, the first year of the playoff format, Kurt is the older brother of two-time titlist Kyle Busch (2015, 2019). A winner of 32 races, he has at least one in the last seven. His best seasons, statistically, came in 2002-03, when he had four victories in each. Busch will have a new teammate in Ross Chastain. He moves up from the Xfinity Series to pilot the No. 42.
Kurt Busch - Racing Career
At the age of 14, he began his racing career in Dwarf Carsat Pahrump Valley Speedway near Las Vegas, where he won Rookie of the Year in 1994 and the championship the next season. 1996 saw Busch win the Legends Cars rookie title and Western Series title. That same year he was the Southwest top rookie.
Busch won the NASCAR Southwest Series first-year honors in 1999, adding the touring championship at the age of 21, driving for Craig Keough, becoming the youngest to do that. Competing in the Southwest Series from 199-99, he found the winner’s circle seven times.
Driving for his brother’s Kyle Busch Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, he gave the team its first victory.
Kurt Busch broke into NASCAR’s top division with seven starts for Jack Roush in 2000 and began a full-time career the following year at the age of 22. It wasn’t until the next year that he scored his first career win at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch started 27th and knocked off Jimmy Spencer in the No. 97 Ford. He went on to win three more times that season.
In his only full campaign in the Camping World Truck Series, Busch had four victories, 13 top-five and 16 top-10 finishes, claiming four poles along the way, and named series Rookie of the Year. He had just four more starts in the next two seasons. Busch was also a winner in the Xfinity Series with five in only 30 starts adding 17 top-tens and 23 top-tens.
A 2017 Daytona 500 winner, Busch did it in spectacular style with a last-lap pass. He has won a pole at every type of track on the NASCAR circuit, road course, short track, intermediate, and superspeedway. In his career, he has four perfect Driver Ratings (150.0), Phoenix and Pocono (2005), Pocono (2007), and Atlanta (2009), which ties him with Jimmie Johnson for the most in history.
Kurt Busch - Records
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
Kurt Busch - Awards and Accolades
2000 Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year
2014 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
Kurt Busch - Family
Kurt Thomas Busch was born on Aug. 4, 1978 (now 42) in Las Vegas and currently resides in Mooresville, NC. He is married to Ashley Van Metre [Busch] and does not have any children. His hobbies include all types of skiing, jet, water, and snow, along with golf and skeet shooting.