Kurt Thomas Busch (born August 4, 1978) is a professional motor racing driver from the United States. He is a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver for 23XI Racing, driving the No. 45 Toyota Camry TRD. He is the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion, the 2017 Daytona 500 winner, and the active driver with the most career starts in the Cup Series. Kyle Busch, a two-time Cup Series champion, is his older brother.
In his Cup career, which began in 2000, Busch has driven for Chip Ganassi Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Furniture Row Racing, Phoenix Racing, Penske Racing, and Roush Racing. He has won thirty-four Cup races and was the first driver to win the championship utilizing the “Chase for the Cup” points format.
He became one of only 36 drivers to win races in all three of NASCAR’s top divisions, the Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Camping World Truck Series, with a win in the Busch Series in 2006. His early career drew a lot of media attention because of his aggressive driving style, which resulted in collisions with other rivals as well as clashes with his teammates and the media.
Kurt Thomas Busch’s Childhood
Kurt Thomas Busch was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 4th, 1978. His father worked as a salesperson, and his mother as a teacher. He started going to the racetrack with his father when he was six years old and participated in go-kart racing. When he was fourteen, he joined his first competition. At Pahrump Valley Speedway, he competed in a dwarf car.
His father encouraged him to pursue his racing dreams and permitted him to compete as long as he maintained high grades. He raced modified stock cars during his adolescent years and won his second competition at the Las Vegas Speedway Park. He and his father competed in races all throughout the Southwest.
Kurt Bush is Kyle Bush’s older brother, a two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. He graduated from Durango High School and enrolled at the University of Arizona to pursue his dream of becoming a pharmacist. He stayed for less than a year before leaving to pursue his racing career.
Career in Motorsports
At the age of 14, Busch competed in a Dwarf car at Pahrump Valley Speedway. His father put him in the Dwarf automobile. Busch also raced in the IMCA Modified class.
After Chris Trickle was shot in an unsolved shooting, Busch got his big break. (Trickle died from his injuries a year later.) The Star Nursery team was looking for a replacement driver for Trickle’s No. 70 team. Busch first received national attention when competing in the 1997 Winter Heat Series at Tucson Raceway Park against Ron Hornaday, Jr., Matt Crafton, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, and others.
Busch’s squad went on to win the Southwest Series Rookie of the Year award in the NASCAR AutoZone Elite Division in 1998. In 1999, he went on to win the series championship.
After winning a Roush Racing “Gong Show” tryout, he was offered a Craftsman Truck Series ride. He raced the Ford F-150 No. 99. He won four races and was named Rookie of the Year, finishing second to teammate Greg Biffle in the championship standings.
Kurt Busch’s Net Worth
Kurt Busch has a net worth of $60 million as an American professional racing car racer. His fortune was gained through his racing career and endorsements. On the CMT reality show “Racing Wives,” he and his wife star.
Kurt has earned approximately $90 million in racing awards alone over his career. He has made an equivalent amount of money via endorsements.
Kurt Busch’s Personal Life
Busch has had several feuds and confrontations with other drivers, and he was ranked the third most despised athlete in 2006, behind Barry Bonds and Tyrell Owens. In 2006, he had cosmetic surgery to have his ears pinned to his skull.
Since 2017, he has been married to Ashley Van Metre. They started appearing on CMT’s reality show “Racing Wives” in 2019.
He was married to Eva Bryan from 2006 to 2011.
Kurt bought a 9,500-square-foot lakefront house in Mooresville, North Carolina, for $3.29 million in 2013. He offered the mansion, called “Chateau de Busch,” for $3.6 million in 2018.
A few months later, he agreed to accept $3.3 million. Here’s a video tour of his previous residence: