Scott Andrew Speed is an American race car driver, who races in Global Rallycross for the Subaru Rally Team USA team. In 2006, Speed became the first American driver to race in Formula One since Michael Andretti in 1993, when he made his début at the 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix for Scuderia Toro Rosso, he contested 28 races. Speed turned his career towards stock car racing. Subsequently, he moved into Global Rallycross with Andretti Autosport, winning the title in 2015, 2016 and 2017. On November 1, 2018, Speed announced he would be joining Subaru Rally Team USA for the 2019 ARX season. Speed's career started at the age of 10 in karting, his stint there lasting from 1993 until 2001, winning the SKUSA Super Pro Title for JM Racing driving a Tony Kart Swedetech Honda in 2000 2 IKF Grand Nationals driving a 6-year-old kart, 3 IKF regional titles, he won the 2002 Rock Island GP in 125cc Shifter Karts. He moved up to Formula series in 2001, becoming champion, he drove in both the Formula Dodge National Championship and Star Mazda in 2002, finishing third and eighth respectively.
In 2003, Speed drove for Alan Docking Racing in the British Formula Three Championship after winning the Red Bull Driver Search programme. During that year he fell ill with ulcerative colitis, a form of inflammatory bowel disease, was forced to return to the United States for treatment.2004 saw two championship titles for Speed, with him first winning in the Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup and Formula Renault 2000 Germany, despite his worsening colitis. His performances resulted in a drive in the inaugural season of GP2 Series for 2005, as number two at iSport International, to Can Artam. Speed was promoted to first driver for the team, as he collected five podiums and 12 top 5 finishes in 24 races, he ended the season third place in the drivers' championship standings behind Nico Rosberg and Heikki Kovalainen. At the end of 2005, Speed drove the first three races of the new A1 Grand Prix series for A1 Team USA, achieving a best result of fourth in the Feature Race at Estoril. In 2005 at the Canadian Grand Prix, Speed took part as a test driver for Red Bull Racing.
He was the test driver at the United States Grand Prix. Following its purchase of Minardi, Red Bull Racing announced the creation of Scuderia Toro Rosso with Speed and Vitantonio Liuzzi as its drivers in 2006. In his debut race at the Bahrain Grand Prix, he finished 13th. A week at the Malaysian Grand Prix he retired after 41 laps due to a clutch failure. After the Australian Grand Prix it looked as if he had scored Toro Rosso's first point. On however, he had 25 seconds added to his race time for overtaking under yellow flags, dropping him to 9th place and out of the points, he was fined $5000 for using inappropriate language towards David Coulthard during a post-race stewards hearing. He finished the San Marino Grand Prix in 15th place. A week and after a decent run at the European Grand Prix he finished 11th, he retired from the Spanish Grand Prix with an engine failure and in his first Monaco Grand Prix he finished 13th. He retired from the British Grand Prix on the opening lap with accident damage after colliding with Ralf Schumacher.
Speed ran rather well at the Canadian Grand Prix finishing 10th. At the United States Grand Prix he qualified a career best 13th only to be taken out in a first-lap collision. In turn 2, McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya nudged his teammate Kimi Räikkönen into a spin. Montoya clouted Honda's Jenson Button whose front right tyre got caught by BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld, launched into a triple barrel roll. Speed was caught up in the resulting melee. None of the drivers were injured, his teammate Liuzzi finished 8th, scored the team's first World Championship point. At the French Grand Prix he finished 10th, matching David Coulthard's pace throughout, after suffering from back pains and breathing problems, consequences from a Friday practice accident. After crashing during the first qualifying session for the German Grand Prix, Speed finished 12th in the race. At the Hungarian Grand Prix he finished 11th and 4 laps behind the leader in wet and changeable conditions. At the Turkish Grand Prix, Speed started from 15 classified runners.
At the next round, the Italian Grand Prix, Speed qualified 15th in Toro Rosso's home race and made two places to finish 13th. At the Chinese Grand Prix, Speed qualified in 11th place in wet conditions, but an wet race saw him slip back to 14th by the end. At the next round in Japan, Speed started the race in 19th. Suffering a power steering failure with five laps remaining, Speed was unable to finish, but was classified in 17th place. At the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix, Speed finished 11th of the 17 cars classified after starting down in 17th. After much speculation, Scuderia Toro Rosso confirmed on February 24, 2007 that Speed had signed to continue driving for the team in the 2007 Formula One season, he once again teamed up with Vitantonio Liuzzi. Speed's 2007 season was disappointing, punctuated with poor reliability and several crashes, he had two separate collisions with Alexander Wurz at Silverstone and at Canada which put him out of the race. He spun off in the wet at the European Grand Prix, in what would be his last race for the team.
After the race, it was reported that he was involved in a physical altercation with team principal Franz Tost, althoug
2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
The 2006 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series was the twelfth season of the Craftsman Truck Series, the third highest stock car racing series sanctioned by NASCAR in the United States. It was contested over twenty-five races, beginning with the GM Flex Fuel 250 at Daytona International Speedway and ending with the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Todd Bodine of Germain Racing won the drivers' championship. All races are carried on Speed Channel. All times are Eastern Time; the GM Flex Fuel 250 was held on February 17 at Daytona International Speedway. Mark Martin won the pole. 6 - Mark Martin 30 - Todd Bodine 9 - Ted Musgrave 5 - Mike Skinner 60 - Jack Sprague 99 - Erik Darnell 08 - Bobby Hamilton Jr. 14 - Rick Crawford 17 - David Reutimann 10 - Terry CookFailed to qualify: Chad McCumbee, Chad Chaffin, J. R. Patton, Carl Long, Wayne Edwards, Norm Benning This race was held February 24 at California Speedway; the polesitter was David Reutimann. Chad McCumbee, who finished 25th, suffered a 25-point penalty for an illegal modification of the carburetor's main body.
6- Mark Martin 30- Todd Bodine 9- Ted Musgrave 17- David Reutimann 60- Jack Sprague 23- Johnny Benson 16- Mike Bliss 14- Rick Crawford 21- Jon Wood 85- Dennis SetzerFailed to qualify: Kraig Kinser, Wayne Edwards The John Deere 200 was held March 17 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Todd Bodine sat on pole and the race win was determined by a green-white-checker finish for the third consecutive race; this race was the final career start for Bobby Hamilton, who retired after being diagnosed with neck cancer and died in January 2007. Top ten results 30- Todd Bodine 6- Mark Martin 23- Johnny Benson 9- Ted Musgrave 17- David Reutimann 21- Jon Wood 16- Mike Bliss 99- Erik Darnell 88- Matt Crafton 14- Rick CrawfordFailed to qualify: Chad Chaffin, Chase Montgomery, Carl Long This race was held April 1 at Martinsville Speedway. Bobby Hamilton Jr. won the pole. Top ten results 11- David Starr 9- Ted Musgrave 88- Matt Crafton 6- Mark Martin 16- Mike Bliss 77- Brendan Gaughan 07- Clint Bowyer 5- Mike Skinner 85- Dennis Setzer 18- Bobby Hamilton Jr.
Failed to qualify: Tam Topham, Chad Chaffin, Justin Martz. April 29 at Gateway International Raceway. Qualifying was rained out and the field was set by owner's points; as a result, David Ragan sat on the pole. Top ten results 30- Todd Bodine 9- Ted Musgrave 17- David Reutimann 60- Jack Sprague 23- Johnny Benson 10- Terry Cook 18- Bobby Hamilton Jr. 11- David Starr 16- Mike Bliss 75- Aric AlmirolaFailed to make field: J. R. Patton, J. C. Stout, Nick Tucker The Quaker Steak and Lube 200 was held May 19 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole. Top ten results 51-Kyle Busch 10-Terry Cook 30-Todd Bodine 1-Ted Musgrave 9-Ron Hornaday 17-David Reutimann 85-Dennis Setzer 88-Matt Crafton 75-Aric Almirola 99-Erik DarnellFailed to qualify: Robert Richardson, Chad Chaffin, J. R. Patton, Nick Tucker, Bill Lester The City of Mansfield 250 was held May 27 at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. Todd Bodine won the pole. Qualifying for this event was rained out. A series record of 18 caution flags was set during this running of the City of Mansfield 250.
Top ten results 33-Ron Hornaday 60-Jack Sprague 11-David Starr 23-Johnny Benson 12-Joey Miller 88-Matt Crafton 85-Dennis Setzer 16-Mike Bliss 17-David Reutimann 59-Steve ParkFailed to qualify: Michel Jourdain, Jr. Todd Shafer The AAA Insurance 200 was held June 2 at Dover International Speedway. David Reutimann won the pole. Top ten results 6- Mark Martin 50- Carl Edwards 30- Todd Bodine 16- Mike Bliss 17- David Reutimann 23- Johnny Benson 33- Ron Hornaday 14- Rick Crawford 60- Jack Sprague 51- Kyle BuschFailed to qualify: Robert Richardson, Ryan Moore The Sam's Town 400 was held June 9 at Texas Motor Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole. Top ten results 30-Todd Bodine 5-Mike Skinner 14-Rick Crawford 17-David Reutimann 23-Johnny Benson 85-Dennis Setzer 9-Ted Musgrave 6-David Ragan 08-Chad McCumbee 16-Mike BlissFailed to qualify: J. R. Patton, Blake Mallory This race was held June 17 at Michigan International Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole. Johnny Benson captured his first Truck Series win and first NASCAR win in his home state.
Top ten results 23- Johnny Benson 6- Mark Martin 4- Bobby Labonte 30- Todd Bodine 88- Matt Crafton 14- Rick Crawford 33- Ron Hornaday 85- Dennis Setzer 10- Terry Cook 60- Jack SpragueFailed to qualify: Robert Richardson The Toyota Tundra Milwaukee 200 was held June 23 at The Milwaukee Mile. Ron Hornaday won the pole. Top ten results 23-Johnny Benson 16-Mike Bliss 33-Ron Hornaday 60-Jack Sprague 17-David Reutimann 4-Timothy Peters 85-Dennis Setzer 11-David Starr 14-Rick Crawford 10-Terry CookFailed to qualify: Mike Wallace, Michel Jourdain Jr; this race was held July 1 at Kansas Speedway. Mike Skinner won the pole. Top ten results: 10- Terry Cook 14- Rick Crawford 20- Marcos Ambrose 77- Brendan Gaughan 5- Mike Skinner 6- David Ragan 30- Todd Bodine 11- David Starr 23- Johnny Benson 17- David ReutimannFailed to qualify: none This race was held July 8 at Kentucky Speedway. Marcos Ambrose won his first career pole. Unsponsored Ron Hornaday captured his second win of the year. Top ten results: 33- Ron Hornaday 14- Rick Crawford 77- Brendan Gaughan 23- Johnny Benson 6- David Ragan 9- Ted Musgrave 88- Matt Crafton 11- David Starr 99- Erik Darnell 30- Todd BodineFailed to qualify: Robert Richardson, Todd Shafer The O'Reilly 200 was held July 15 at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Jack Sprague won the pole. Top ten results 60-Jack Sprague 99-Erik Darnell 88-Matt Crafton 33-Ron Hornaday 16-Mike Bliss 6-David Ragan 17-David Reutimann 10-Terry Cook 5-Mike Skinner 85-Dennis SetzerFailed to qualify: none The Power Stroke Diesel 200 was h
Dodge is an American brand of automobile manufactured by FCA US LLC, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Dodge vehicles include performance cars, though for much of its existence Dodge was Chrysler's mid-priced brand above Plymouth. Founded as the Dodge Brothers Company machine shop by brothers Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge in the early 1900s, Dodge was a supplier of parts and assemblies for Detroit-based automakers and began building complete automobiles under the "Dodge Brothers" brand in 1914, predating the founding of Chrysler Corporation; the factory was located in Hamtramck and was called the Dodge Main factory from 1910 until its closing in January 1980. The Dodge brothers both died in 1920, the company was sold by their families to Dillon, Read & Co. in 1925 before being sold to Chrysler in 1928. Dodge vehicles consisted of trucks and full-sized passenger cars through the 1970s, though it made memorable compact cars and midsize cars; the 1973 oil crisis and its subsequent impact on the American automobile industry led Chrysler to develop the K platform of compact to midsize cars for the 1981 model year.
The K platform and its derivatives are credited with reviving Chrysler's business in the 1980s. The Dodge brand has withstood the multiple ownership changes at Chrysler from 1998 to 2009, including its short-lived merger with Daimler-Benz AG from 1998 to 2007, its subsequent sale to Cerberus Capital Management, its 2009 bailout by the United States government, its subsequent Chapter 11 bankruptcy and acquisition by Fiat. In 2011, Dodge and Dodge's Viper were separated. Dodge said that the Dodge Viper would be an SRT product and Ram will be a manufacturer. In 2014, SRT was merged back into Dodge; that year, Chrysler Group was renamed FCA US LLC, corresponding with the merger of Fiat S.p. A. and Chrysler Group into the single corporate structure of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Horace and John Dodge founded the Dodge Brothers Company in Detroit in 1900, found work manufacturing precision engine and chassis components for the city's growing number of automobile firms. Chief among these customers were the established Olds Motor Vehicle Company and the new Ford Motor Company.
Henry Ford selected the Dodge brothers to supply a wide range of components for his original Model A that included the complete chassis. The first machine shop where the brothers worked as parts suppliers for Olds and Ford was located at the Boydell Building on Beaubien Street at Lafayette; this location was replaced by a larger facility at Hastings Street and Monroe Avenue, now a parking garage for the Greektown Casino Hotel. By 1910 the Dodge Main factory was built in Hamtramck, where it remained until 1979; the Dodge Brothers Motor Company was established in 1913 and by 1914, John and Horace designed and debuted the first car of their own – the four-cylinder Dodge Model 30/35 touring car. Marketed as a more upscale competitor to the ubiquitous Ford Model T, it pioneered or made standard many features taken for granted like all-steel body construction as the vast majority of cars worldwide still used wood-framing under steel panels). Once the Dodge brothers produced their own car, John Dodge was once quoted as saying, "Someday, people who own a Ford are going to want an automobile".
As a result of this, the brothers' well-earned reputation for the highest quality truck and motor parts they made for other successful vehicles, Dodge Brothers cars were ranked at second place for U. S. sales as early as 1916. That same year, Henry Ford decided to stop paying stock dividends to finance the construction of his new River Rouge complex, the Dodges filed a suit to protect their annual stock earnings of one million dollars, leading Ford to buy out his shareholders. In 1916, the Dodge Brothers vehicles won acclaim for their durability in military service. First with the U. S. Army's Pancho Villa Expedition, during the 1910s U. S. Mexico Border War — the U. S. military's first operation to use truck convoys. General "Blackjack" Pershing procured a fleet of 150 to 250 Dodge Brothers vehicles for the Mexico campaign. Touring cars were used as reconnaissance vehicles. One notable instance was in May when the 6th Infantry received a reported sighting of Julio Cárdenas, one of Villa's most trusted subordinates.
Lt. George S. Patton led ten soldiers and two civilian guides in three Dodge Model 30 touring cars to conduct America's first motorised military raid at a ranch house in San Miguelito, Sonora. During the ensuing firefight the party killed three men. Patton's men tied the bodies to the hoods of the Dodges, returning to headquarters in Dublán and an excited reception from US newspapermen. Subsequently, some 12,800 Dodge cars and light trucks were used in World War I — over 8,000 touring cars, as well as 2,600 commercial vehicles, such as screen-side trucks and panel vans — serving as ambulances and repair trucks. Dodge remained the United States military's primary supplier of light wheeled vehicles, until the
2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season was the seventeenth season of the third highest stock car racing in the United States. The season included twenty-five races, beginning with the NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway and ending with the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. During the 2010 season, NASCAR announced a few notable calendar changes, including a race addition at Kentucky Speedway and the removal of Gateway International Raceway from the schedule. DeLana Harvick won the owners' championship, while Austin Dillon of Richard Childress Racing won the drivers' championship with a tenth-place finish at the final race of the season. Chevrolet won the manufacturers' championship with 193 points. Note: A driver designated with a next to their name indicates that they are contenders for the 2011 Rookie of the Year award. Germain Racing added the No. 9 team to its full-time lineup with Max Papis. Billy Ballew Motorsports merged with West Coast team Vision Aviation Racing to continue running in the Truck Series.
The team ran under the VAR banner, with Ballew being majority owner and Toyota continuing its support. The original plan, as stated by manager Tom Davis, was to run his son Dusty in the No. 15 for 7 races and Justin Johnson for 22. However, after Nashville, the No. 15 was shut down and the No. 51 running a limited schedule after Vision Airlines Chief operating officer Steven Acor decided to cut back the racing team. Began operationsTexas businessmen Bob Lance Fenton have formed Leavine Fenton Racing. Fenton ran a partial schedule in the No. 95 Ford. Virginia native Joe Denette started Joe Denette Motorsports. Denette is a NASCAR fan who won the Virginia Lottery Mega Million in May 2009 after being laid off four months prior, he has teamed with fellow Virginian Hermie Sadler to start his own team with assistance from Kevin Harvick Incorporated. Jason White joined the team for the 2011 season. Discontinued operationsTeam Gill Racing shut down with their assets having been purchased by Eddie Sharp Racing.
Mike Skinner parted ways with Randy Moss Motorsports after the 2010 season due to a lack of chemistry. In an interview with Sirius Speedway, Skinner said that he had talked to a few teams and would prefer to remain with Toyota. On February 11, Skinner announced that he would drive the No. 45 of Eddie Sharp Racing at Daytona and at Phoenix. Changed teamsJustin Lofton was released by Red Horse Racing after his rookie season, he drove the No. 77 for Germain Racing. Jason White joined the new Joe Denette Motorsports team. Midway through 2011, Germain Racing was unable to field its flagship No. 30 Toyota driven by Todd Bodine due to a lack of sponsorship. Germain announced on July 13 that they would partner with Randy Moss Motorsports to put Bodine in the No. 5 for the rest of 2011, releasing Travis Kvapil. According to owner Bob Germain, the trucks was prepared by Germain but given the #5. Entered the seriesJoey Coulter drove full-time this season with Richard Childress Racing, as a teammate to Austin Dillon.
He had veteran Harold Holly as crew chief. Fourth-generation driver Jeffrey Earnhardt ran for ROTY with Rick Ware Racing. However, he was released after 3 races. Johanna Long moved up to full-time status for 2011 with her Panhandle Motorsports team. Former Renault F1 driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. drove for Kevin Harvick Incorporated full-time this season. With Eddie Sharp Racing having purchased Team Gill Racing, 2010 ARCA runner-up Craig Goess drove the No. 46 Toyota full-time in 2011. Brazilian driver Miguel Paludo drove Red Horse Racing's No. 7 Toyota full-time. Vision Aviation Racing teammates Dusty Davis and Justin Johnson moved up from the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West to drive the No. 15 and No. 51 Toyotas respectively. They were not approved to run at Daytona International Speedway, so Michael Waltrip and Aric Almirola drove the No. 15 and #51. Chris Eggleston attempted to run for ROTY with Winfield Motorsports. Red Bull development driver Cole Whitt, after spending a season in the K&N Pro Series East, ran for ROTY with Stacy Compton's Turn One Racing.
Chase Mattioli, son of Pocono Raceway owner Joseph Mattioli, formed his own team, Chase Mattioli Racing and ran the full 2011 season. Mattioli was unable to start at Daytona due to a gastrointestinal infection and had Chad McCumbee drive; the team used Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing's owner points from 2010, as Jennifer Jo Cobb is running the Nationwide Series. 2007 Formula One World Champion Kimi Räikkönen announced that he would run a part-time schedule starting in the summer, driving for his own ICE 1 Racing team in a partnership with Foster Gillett. On April 2, it was announced that Räikkönen would instead drive a limited schedule for Kyle Busch Motorsports starting at Charlotte, he entered at Charlotte driving Vision Aviation Racing's No. 15 Toyota, fielded by Busch. Returned to the seriesBrendan Gaughan returns to the Truck Series full-time for the first time since 2008, he drove for Germain Racing. Travis Kvapil returns to the Truck Series full-time for the first time since 2007, he drove the No. 5 for Randy Moss Motorsports.
Kvapil ran the Sprint Cup title while driving the No. 38 Ford for Front Row Motorsports. Justin Marks returns to NASCAR for the first time since 2008, he drove for Stacy Compton's Turn One Racing. Exited the seriesAric Almirola drove for JR Motorsports in the Nationwide Series due to lack of sponsorship being found for Billy Ballew Motorsports. Narain Karthikeyan ret
2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
The 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season was the sixteenth season of the third highest stock car racing series in the United States. Beginning at Daytona International Speedway, the season included twenty-five races, which ended with the Ford 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. During the 2009 off season, NASCAR announced few calendar changes, returning to Darlington Raceway for the first time in six years. Kyle Busch won the owners' championship in their inaugural season, while Todd Bodine won the drivers' championship during the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway, one race before the final. Toyota won the manufacturers' championship with 193 points; the season, marked return of Darlington Raceway to the schedule for the first time since 2004, replacing the Milwaukee Mile and the series raced for the first time at Pocono Raceway. After the closing of Memphis Motorsports Park, a second race was added to Nashville Superspeedway, with the first of two NASCAR national weekends with the two lower-tier national series without the Sprint Cup running.
Kentucky Speedway's stand-alone date on the July Sprint Cup off-weekend was moved to the Friday night of the Kentucky Indy 300 IndyCar Series Labor Day weekend in September. Note: Unlike the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, all 25 Camping World Truck Series races aired on Motor Racing Network. *The race began at 5 PM ET but was not aired until 8 PM. § – This race was scheduled to have been run on Friday, but was rescheduled to the following Saturday due to a power outage. The top 10 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series 2010 NASCAR Corona Series 2010 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Kurt Thomas Busch, nicknamed The Outlaw, is an American professional stock car racing driver. He competes full-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Chip Ganassi Racing. He is the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series champion, he is the older brother of 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch. The brothers are second-generation racing drivers. Busch has driven for Stewart-Haas Racing, Furniture Row Racing, Phoenix Racing, Penske Racing, Roush Racing in his Cup career, which began in 2000; the winner of thirty Cup career races, Busch was driving for Roush Racing when he won the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series championship. Busch races on an "opportunity permitting" basis in the Pro Stock division of NHRA; when Busch won the Cup Series Championship in 2004, it was the first season using the "Chase for the Cup" points format. With a 2006 win in the Busch Series, Busch became one of only 31 drivers to win races in all three of NASCAR's top divisions: the Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, the Camping World Truck Series.
Busch is a Daytona 500 winner, accomplishing the feat in 2017. Busch was born to Gaye Busch in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the age of six, Busch was driving go-carts himself; as an underage teenager, he competed in Dwarf competition winning in just his second race, at the Las Vegas Speedway Park. This father and son team competed western tracks from Southern California to Utah. In 1994, his first full year as a driver, Busch won ten consecutive races at ten different tracks, his father sold their dwarf equipment and purchased a powerful car for the Legends Series, which Busch began driving in 1996 at age 18. After graduating at Durango High School, Busch enrolled at the University of Arizona, hoping to earn a degree in Pharmacy. Busch became engaged to girlfriend Eva Bryan while attending the 2005 Hungarian Grand Prix. On July 27, 2006, three years to the day of them meeting on a blind date, they were married in Virginia; the footage was taped and aired on national television. Busch announced on June 30, 2011, "Those in the NASCAR community have been aware for some time now that we are no longer together and we are separated".
The announcement came days after Busch kissed another woman in Victory Lane celebration following a win at Sonoma Raceway. Busch and Eva Bryan filed for divorce in early June and were separated that month. Busch has a documented history of verbally abusing members of the media. During the 2011 NASCAR Championship week, Busch revealed that he had been working with a sports psychologist for two months, to work on "personal issues". Busch is an avid baseball fan and stated the goal of visiting every ballpark nationwide, his favorite baseball team is the Chicago Cubs. His younger brother Kyle Busch competes full-time in the Cup Series driving the No. 18 Camry. He is the 2015 Sprint Cup champion and runs part-time in both the Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series. Busch is a close friend of famous entrepreneur Felix Sabates, who co-owns Chip Ganassi Racing, had a successful racing team SABCO Racing. In 2012 when Busch went to drive for Phoenix Racing, he co-credited Sabates as having helped him convince James Finch to hire him.
On Friday, November 7, 2014, it was reported that Busch was under investigation for domestic assault for an incident on September 26, 2014 in Dover, Delaware. The incident in question involved Busch's ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll inside a motorhome at Dover International Speedway. On February 16, 2015, Busch was given a no-contact order by a Dover judge. Busch was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR February 20, 2015. On March 5, 2015 the Delaware attorney general's office decided that there was not enough evidence to bring criminal charges for domestic violence. NASCAR however did not lift the suspension choosing to continue a reinstatement program agreed upon by Busch; the official statement from NASCAR read "He has accepted the terms and conditions of a reinstatement program and is participating in the program. Busch's eligibility for reinstatement will continue to be governed by that program and the NASCAR rule book, though the elimination of the possibility of criminal charges removes a significant impediment to his reinstatement."In October 2014 at Martinsville, Busch was introduced to polo player Ashley Van Metre by her sister, a friend of Busch.
The two began dating, Busch announced their engagement on August 26, 2015. They were married on January 7, 2017. Busch's first racing experience was in a Dwarf car at age 14 at Pahrump Valley Speedway, he was put in the Dwarf car by his father. Busch earned his big break; the Star Nursery team looked for a new driver to replace Trickle for the No. 70 team. Busch gained national exposure while competing against Ron Hornaday, Jr. Matt Crafton, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick and others for the first time in the 1997 Winter Heat Series at Tucson Raceway Park. Busch's team went on to win the 1998 Auto Zone Elite Division Southwest Series Rookie of the Year, he followed up by winning the series championship in 1999. That led to a tryout in a Roush Racing "Gong Show", which he won and earned a Craftsman Truck Series ride, he raced the No. 99 Ford F-150. He won four races and finished runner-up to teammate Greg Biffle in the championship standings, as well as winning Rookie of the Year honors. Roush Racing announced during the 2000 season that Busch was being promoted to the Winston Cup Series to replace Chad Little in Roush's No. 97 For
Mark Anthony Martin is a retired American stock car racing driver. He last drove the No. 14 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a relief driver in August 2013. As of 2014, he had the second most wins in what is now the Xfinity Series with 49, he finished second in the Sprint Cup Series standings five times, has been described by ESPN as "The best driver to never win a championship." Martin, with five IROC Championships, has more than any other driver. During the 2005 season, Martin took over the all-time record for IROC wins, with 13. Martin was born in Arkansas, he began his racing career as a young man on the dirt tracks of Arkansas. He joined the ASA racing series. During his ASA career, Martin raced against Dick Trickle, Jim Sauter, Joe Shear, Bobby Allison, he won Rookie of the Year in 1977. Martin won twenty-two ASA races and four championships, in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1986. Martin had a tumultuous beginning in NASCAR, driving for six different teams from 1981 to 1987.
He made five starts in 1981 driving for a team owned by Bud Reeder, earning two pole positions at Nashville and Richmond and finishing third in his final race at Martinsville. Martin competed full-time in 1982 with the team; the team struggled for consistency, posting just eight top tens compared to 12 DNFs in 30 starts, including a string of five DNFs in six races. Completing just 73.7 percent of the laps and leading only four laps all season led to Martin finishing 14th in the final standings and finishing second to Geoff Bodine for Rookie of the Year. Despite finishing with two top tens in the final two races, including a fifth-place finish at Riverside and Reeder parted ways after the season, he remains the only driver to run more than six races for a team co-owned by Reeder. At the end of the season Martin sold off the team, having signed with Jim Stacy to race in 1983. Martin started 1983 running for Jim Stacy; the two parted ways after just seven races, posting three top 11s while having four races finishing 24th or worse.
Following a two race-stint driving for D. K. Ulrich and one for Emanuel Zervakis, he landed a ride with Morgan-McClure Motorsports for six races, becoming the organization's first driver. While with MMM, Martin posted four finished including a 10th at Talladega. Unable to secure a ride for 1984, Martin went back to driving in the American Speed Association. Jimmy Fennig came aboard as crew chief in 1985 and the two would go on to win the ASA championship the next season, Martin's fourth series championship, his success in his three-year stint in ASA landed Martin a part-time ride driving for Jerry Gunderman. In five starts, he started on the outside pole at Atlanta. Martin's success from the previous three seasons landed him a full-time ride driving for Bruce Lawmaster in the Busch Series; the season started strong as he posted two wins, three poles, nine top tens, was fourth in the standings after 15 races. After just one DNF in the first 15 races, Martin had seven DNFs in the final 12 races, including six due to mechanical failure and four blown engines.
Despite finishing in the top ten in the other five races, the team's failure to finish towards the end dropped Martin from fourth to eight place in the final standings. Though the late season collapse ended Martin's chance at winning the championship, the success he had in 1987 caught the eye of Jack Roush, who tapped Martin to drive for him in the Winston Cup Series for 1988, he finished 1987 with three wins, six poles, 13 top tens, an eight place finish in the standings. Martin came aboard newly formed Roush Racing, with crew chief Steve Hmiel, for the first of 19 seasons in 1988 driving the No. 6 Ford Thunderbird. Martin showed both signs of struggle and potential in its inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup Series season, recording three top fives and ten top tens along with winning the pole at Dover, he finished a season-high second-place at Bristol early in the season. Consistency proved to be crucial in that ten DNF's prevented Martin from cracking the top ten in points the entire season, he finished his comeback season fifteenth in the standings.
Martin competed in the Busch Series on a limited basis for Bill Davis Racing from 1988 to 1991. Martin's 1989 season began a lot like his 1988 season with a DNF in the Daytona 500. With three races to go, he won his first Winston Cup race at Rockingham, beating eventual series champion Rusty Wallace by three seconds. An engine failure in the season finale at Atlanta relegated him to a third-place finish in the standings. Martin led the series with a 5.3 average starting position, posting six poles and twenty-six top ten starting positions in twenty-nine races. He posted fourteen top fives, eighteen top tens, cut down his DNF total from ten to four. Martin entered the 1990 season as a favorite to winning the Winston Cup championship, he started the season with a 21st-place finish in the Daytona 500, his first finish in the big race in six attempts. His team was met with controversy following his second career win at Richmond. During post-race inspection it was determined. Had the spacer been welded instead of bolted on, it would not have been considered illegal.
The consensus among Mark's fellow competitors was that this was not a performance advantage, but was not within the "letter of the law" with regards to the NASCAR rulebook. As a result, Martin was penalized 46 championship points and crew chief Robin Pemberton was fined $40,000. Following a DNF the next race, Martin finished no worse than fourteenth over the final twenty-six races, he gained the championship points lead one-th