||4 August 1978
||Las Vegas, USA
Kurt Busch has been a major force in America’s most popular racing series ever since he became the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion in 2004.
Known that year as the Nextel Cup, it was the first time the 10-race season-ending Chase for the title was introduced into NASCAR – and Busch took full advantage, storming to victory by eight points from fellow countryman Jimmie Johnson.
Part of a racing dynasty that includes father Tom and younger brother Kyle, the American driver had first set foot in a go-kart at the age of seven. Busch has since gone on to become one of few drivers to win races in all three of NASCAR’s main divisions: the Sprint Cup Series, the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. He has now amassed 25 wins in the top flight Sprint Cup alone.
In 2014 Busch also became only the fourth driver in motor sport history to attempt a very special double-header. On the same day in May, he raced both in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 at North Carolina’s Charlotte Motor Speedway and the world-famous Indianapolis 500. His run to 6th place on his debut at the IndyCar classic earned him the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award.
Busch will now make his Race Of Champions debut at the Bushy Park Circuit in Barbados in 2014, partnering Ryan Hunter-Reay for Team USA in the ROC Nations Cup.
- 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
- 25 top-flight NASCAR Sprint Cup wins so far
- 2014 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year
A rare winner in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions
2010 Won NASCAR Sprint All Star Race and Coca-Cola 600
2002 First four NASCAR Sprint Cup victories
2000 NASCAR debut for Roush Fenway Racing
1994 Won ten consecutive Dwarf Car races at 10 different tracks
2014 will be Kurt’s first appearance at the Race Of Champions