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Here's Everything You Need To Know About NASCAR Star Kurt Busch

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, who is featured in "Race For The Championship," has made headlines over the years.

By Becca van Sambeck

Any NASCAR fan will tell you that it tends to be a family sport — fandom passes down throughout generations, and many of the biggest stars have familial connections to the sport. In fact, the new USA Network series "Race For The Championship," which takes viewers inside the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series, prominently features two brothers, Kurt and Kyle Busch, who happen to be two of the brightest stars in motorsports.

How to Watch

Catch up on past episodes of Race For The Championship on Peacock

So, what is there to know about Kurt Busch, one-half of the most talented duos in NASCAR?

Well, at the age of 43, Kurt Busch is a seasoned veteran of the sport, currently on his 23rd season. He's racked up an impressive series of wins during those years, driving for teams such as Chip Ganassi Racing, Penske Racing, and Rousch Racing before heading to 23XI Racing, where he now drives the No. 45 Toyota Camry TRD. Not only does he have five wins in the Xfinity Series and four wins in the Camping World Truck Series, but he also won the Daytona 500 in 2017 and the NASCAR Cup Series Championship in 2004.

While Kurt was known in his earlier NASCAR days to be an aggressive driver who was often involved in brawls and rivalries, he's adopted a calmer style these days — which has also impacted his relationship with his brother Kyle Busch. The two have been rocky at times over the years, according to ESPN, reporting the two didn't talk for months after getting involved in a wreck in 2007.

"I think our relationship, through this COVID process, has gotten even closer because we're flying together and spending more time together ... I'm very thankful that everything is working the way it is now," Kyle told Essentially Sports in 2021.

As for his personal life, Kurt is in the midst of a divorce from polo player Ashley Van Metre, who he married in 2017.

"I am heartbroken to confirm that my wife Ashley and I are working to dissolve our marriage. Divorce is a personal and private matter and I hope our privacy will be respected," he told TMZ Sports in May this year. The two previously starred in a reality TV show called "Racing Wives."

Kurt is passionate about giving back, especially to military veterans: He partners with Vet Tix Foundation to give free tickets to vets for each race.

“Race For The Championship” premieres on Sept. 1 on USA Network. In the meantime, you can catch NASCAR content on Peacock right now.