Fast Cars & Superstars: Kurt Busch

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CONCORD, N.C. — From small things, big things eventually grow.

For Kurt Busch, the road to becoming a successful NASCAR driver started small. Looking back, Busch admits he was driving for some time before he legally could.

“Yeah, I was probably into some cars way too early,” Busch said. “I do know that I drove when I was 15 and a half with my learner’s permit, in a car that my dad and I built. It was a 1964 Volkswagen Bug. We bought it for 500 bucks and restored it from the ground up.”

With a car that old, you might wonder how often Busch wound up replacing parts, including the clutch.

“Actually, we never had to replace the clutch. Went through some brake pads, though. Wore out the brake pads,” he laughed. “It was just a fun car to have as your first driver. It definitely struggled with the heat out in Las Vegas. It was only air-cooled, and we’d go cruising up and down the Strip with it. Definitely a fun car to have.”

Of course, the life of a NASCAR driver is not all fast driving. There are more pedestrian pursuits, like getting the groceries and running around town. For that, Busch has a split approach.

“Yeah, you got your daily driver, and then you’ve got your sports cars,” he said. “Right now my daily driver is a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. So it’s got the horsepower; it’s got the Hemi, it’s got a lower stance, it handles well. I love it. I’m a truck guy, too. I’ve got my Ram 1500 pickup,” he said.

“There’s a couple sports cars, with a Porsche and a Viper and my Ford GT. I’ve got a nice arsenal going so far.”

As part of Gillette's “Fast Cars & Superstars — Gillette Young Guns Celebrity Race,” a reality show (which Cars.com is sponsoring) that begins airing June 7 on ABC, Busch was training celebrities like Super Bowl MVP John Elway and professional surfer Laird Hamilton in the Cars.com race car. Given a choice, would he like to swap places with Elway in his heyday?

“Could be that,” Busch said. “Or hanging out on the beach, getting paid to surf. That’d be cool.”

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Comments 

Glad to see Kurt getting the regonition. Thanks Gillete and Cars dot Com for showcasing my Driver. Can't wait to see the shows.

Stone972

Thank's for showcasing Kurt,you guys are great. Thank's again.

ladydi

Thanks Gillette & Fast Cars & Superstars for showcasing one GREAT driver Kurt Busch.

Kurt Busch is a great driver, very savvy and agressive. He is a champion and thank you for featuring him.

thanks for showcasing kurt!! hes anamazing driver, and he great to his fans!! glad to see my hero, kurt busch, gettin some regonization! agina thank u!!!!!!

LongTimeKBFan

I can't wait to see the shows...sounds like some stars and drivers had a really great time making them. Thanks Gillette and Cars.com for selecting Kurt, I know he'll add wit and humor to the show...oh yeah, and driving talent!

dsims_kurtfan

Kurt Busch is not only a great driver, he is a great person. Thank you so much for showcasing this great person. I hope that everyone will see the side of Kurt that all of his fans see.

Steve

I WATCHED THE SHOW ON ABC LAST - IT RULES!!!! I CAN'T TO WATCH EVERY SINGLE EPISODE!!! TONY HAWK IS GOING TO WIN!!!!

NASCAR Wizzzzzzzzzard

Holy Camole! Talk about a heck of a lot fun. It makes me want to buy a car, a razor, and a 1997 super bowl winning quarterback.

DM

This show ROCKS! I caught the first show last night just in time. Kurt Busch is the man! WILLIAM SHATNER in a race car - KAHHHHHHHN! He's gonna tear up and win!

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