Kurt Busch is a man who has made a name for himself as a professional racing driver. Having come from a family that lives on the fast lane and the wheels, Kurt’s father, and brother, Kyle Busch have also been involved in NASCAR. He has been able to make a name for himself as one of the important people in the sports. Here are things to know about him.
Kurt Busch Biography
The race driver was born as Kurt Thomas Busch in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 4, 1978. He was raised by his parents, Thomas and Gaye Busch alongside a brother, Kyle Busch.
Since he was a kid, Kurt has always been interested in car racing thanks to his father who was also a race driver. That fuelled the interest of the young Kurt as well as that of his brother who apart from also starting to drive, also served as a crewman to his elder brother.
Starting out with his father’s dwarf car, he won a competition only in his second try as a teenager. Soon enough, it was obvious that he was cut out for the sports after he recorded 10 consecutive wins in his first year as a young driver. Such promise was enough for his father to lay off his dwarf and get a powerful car for his son who had turned 10 to have a go.
For his education, Kurt Busch began at the Durango High School from where he graduated and proceeded to study pharmacy at the University of Arizona even though it was clear he was supposed to be on the wheels.
Since starting out as a 14-year old, Kurt has come a long way racing with different teams including the Roush Racing (2000-2005), Penske Racing South (2006-2008), Penske Championship Racing (2009-2010), Penske Racing (2011), Phoenix Racing (2012), Furniture Row Racing (2012-2013), and Stewart-Haas Racing which he has been with since 2014.
As part of his achievements, he has won the Nextel Cup Series in 2004, Coca-Cola 600 and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race in 2010, Budweiser Shootout in 2011, and Daytona 500 (2017).
Having been on wheels for a very long time, Busch has made not just a name for himself, but also a fortune. He was named by the Forbes magazine as one of the highest paid Nascar Drivers in 2013. In the same year, he made an appearance on the 8 spot with earnings of $12 Million and $9.6 million in Salary and winnings.
That stated, he now has a net that is worth an estimated to be $50 million. He has made that much fortune from his salary and winnings as well as the many endorsement deals he has had. He is endorsed by brands such as Mobile, Monster, Ford, Oakley, Rush Truck Centers, HAAS Automation, and State Waters Heaters. More so, he has other engagements that have also added to his worth.
Wife, Girlfriend, and Divorce
The 2004 NASCAR Premier Series champion has not been one without a colorful love history. He has thus far been in a number of relationships in the past with different women even though he is now married to Ashley Van Metre.
Before he tied the knot, he had a relationship that could best be described as something straight out of the movies when he dated Patricia Driscoll who he later claimed was a CIA agent and a trained assassin. Patricia Driscoll and the NASCAR driver had been in a relationship for a short while before things went wrong and they parted ways with hard feelings which led the alleged CIA agent to promise to destroy him.
Soon after the claim, the “trained assassin” came out alleging that Busch had assaulted her by grabbing her and slamming her head on the wall. In his denial of the claim, Busch said Patricia Driscoll is not just a trained assassin who has had covert missions in various parts of the world including Africa and Central and South America, he claims she once came home in a trenchcoat covering a gown filled with bloodstains.
Farther back before meeting and dating Driscoll, Busch was in a relationship with Eva Busch who was the first girlfriend that was known to have dated the NASCAR man. After dating since from 2003, the two got married in 2006 before getting a divorce in 2011.
The next woman who would become his girlfriend and later wife is Ashley Van Metre whom he married in 2017 in the Caribbean.
Kurt Busch is a man that has a good body build and a rather athletic build. He has a height of 5 feet and 11 inches and a body weight of 150 pounds. That pointed out, his general body stats has not been provided in the public domain.