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Kurt Busch Q&A: Better than Kyle?

August 27, 2014, Eric Johnson, Special to

The 'Outlaw' discusses nickname, brother, favorites

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Q: Are you a fan of NASCAR's colorful history?

NASCAR has had a proud history, and I am glad to be a part of it. Being a champion comes with it a great deal of responsibility to remind people of the roots of our sport. 

Q: Do you identify with legends in this sport? If so, who?

There are so many greats and many drivers I grew up admiring like the Allison brothers and Cale Yarborough. They were drivers who hung it all out on the line and threw caution to the wind --- outlaws like me.

Q: Are NASCAR races too long?

Yes. We need to spice things up with a street race, races in foreign countries and throw in a dirt track for good measure. Besides cutting down the length of races, we need to cut back the number of races. 

Q: What does Daytona mean to you?

It's our Super Bowl. It's the most prestigious stock car race to win.

Q: Do you like the concept of The Chase?

Absolutely. It defines a regular season and a postseason like our other mainstream sports.


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Q: What are your top favorite NASCAR tracks?

Bristol, Darlington, Indy, Daytona and Sonoma.

Q: You've been in some dust-ups and calamities. What do you think after the dust settles and things calm down?

Nobody likes vanilla ice cream. We all need a little flavor.

Q: Are there certain achievements/victories you are most proud of?

2004 Sprint Cup Championship; 2013 Making the Chase with a one-car, 25th-place team; 2014 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year.

Q: When you're at the races, what do you enjoy most?

Going to Victory Lane.

Q: What do you enjoy the least?


Q: Which drivers do you get along with the best?

Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Juan Pablo Montoya, Greg Biffle.

Q: Where did the nickname "Outlaw" come from?

A TV producer from New York City who was doing a short documentary on me. She heard others calling me that in the garage, and it became the name of the show and it stuck.

Q: Describe winning Martinsville this season?

This is one of my toughest tracks. There's no driver that I would have rather beaten heads-up than Jimmie Johnson. It was a great feeling to have brought home a victory for my new team only a few races into the season and setting us up for a spot in the Chase.

Q: To many, you are the best race car driver out there and many people comment on your natural ability. What makes you so good?

I owe a lot of credit to my dad, who taught me a lot about racing at a young age.

Q: Most difficult thing about driving stock cars?

The schedule. It's a long one. It's a lot of dedication by our family to make it all work.

Q: Were you destined to be a race car racer?

No, my mom was hoping I would be a baseball player.  

Q: Could you race Formula 1, and if so, why don't you?

I believe I could. Not sure how good I'd be, but I'd love the chance.

Q: Describe your relationship with Mr. Haas?

We have a great relationship filled with sarcasm and humor. He's a guy I enjoy hanging out with. You never know what's going to come out of his mouth. 

Q: Of ALL racers, who are, in your opinion, the top five racers in the world?

Michael Schumacher, Dale Earnhardt, Jeremy McGrath, A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti.

Q: Your goals for the rest of 2014?

To win races and advance through the Chase.

Q: Do you like The Chase -- and can you win it?

I like the Chase, and yes we can win it.

Q: What will it take to win it?

Fast cars, consistency and focus by the whole team to bring their best game forward every week.

Q: When you compete in Vegas, do you ever look over at the old Dwarf dirt track?

Yes, it always brings back find memories of how it all began.

Q: Favorite bands or musicians?

Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Aerosmith, Eurythmics, Red Hot Chili Peppers, DJ Snake & Lil Jon.

Q: Last concert you attended?


Q: Favorite TV Shows?

"Survival Alaska" and  "Dude, You're Screwed".

Q: Favorite websites?

The Weather Channel, USA Today, ESPN, FOX News.

Q: Favorite stores?

Bass Pro Shops, Gun Shops. I don't like to shop and buy a lot of stuff online.

Q: Favorite brands?

Monster Energy, Alpinestars, Panic Switch Army, 7 Jeans.

Q: Favorite foods?

Lamb chops and Patricia's homemade anything.

Q: Favorite Movies?

"Six Pack," the "Bourne" trilogy, the "Godfather" movies, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Good Will Hunting".

Q: Favorite Actor?

Matt Damon.

Q: Favorite actress?

Sandra Bullock.

Q: Athletes?

Boxer Manny Pacquiao, NBA star LeBron James, baseball hall of famer Ryne Sandberg, former Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher.

Q: Favorite place on Earth?

Cockpit of my race car.

Q: Who is in your personal Hall of Fame? 

President George W. Bush, Cubs announcer Harry Caray, baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt, Donald Trump.

Q: Hobbies?

No time, but when I can, hunting and shooting, driving any one else's race car

Q: Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Sleeping in.

Q: What sports do you enjoy watching and following?

Baseball, any other motorsports.

Q: Who would play you in a movie?

Matt Damon. He already played me in "Good Will Hunting." 

Q: Something you always say?

"What?" The delay always gives me time to think.

Q: Between you and Kyle, who would win in arm wrestling?

Me. I'm in shape.

Q: Ping pong?


Q: A five-mile bicycle race?


Q: 100-yard dash?


Q: Checkers?


Q: Wheel of Fortune?



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