Last Updated: March 30, 2024
Richest AthletesRace Car Drivers
Net Worth:
$70 Million
Aug 4, 1978 (45 years old)
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area
5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)
Race car driver
United States of America
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What Is Kurt Busch's Net Worth?

Kurt Busch is an American professional race car driver who has a net worth of $70 million. Kurt Busch accumulated his wealth through his racing career and endorsement deals. During his racing career, Kurt earned over $90 million from racing prizes alone. He has earned an equally large amount from endorsements. Busch announced his retirement from racing in August 2023.

Early Life

Kurt Busch was born Kurt Thomas Busch on August 4, 1978, in Las Vegas, Nevada. His father was a salesman, and his mother worked at a public school. When he was six years old, he began going to the racetrack with his father and competing in go-kart racing. He entered his first competition when he was 14 years old. Kurt raced in a dwarf car at the Pahrump Valley Speedway. His father was very supportive of his racing aspirations and allowed him to compete as long as he maintained good grades.

During his teenage years, he participated in modified stock car racing and won his second competition, which took place at the Las Vegas Speedway Park. He and his father traveled around the southwest competing in races. Kurt is the older brother of two-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch. Kurt attended Durango High School, and upon his graduation, he enrolled at the University of Arizona, where he intended to study to become a pharmacist. He was there for less than a year and left to focus on his racing career.

Early Career

After professional racecar driver Chris Trickle was seriously injured in an unsolved drive-by shooting, the Star Nursery team to which he belonged began to look for a replacement. Busch had garnered attention during the nineties with wins at the Nevada Dwarf Car championship in 1995 and the Legend Cars Western States championship in 1996. He joined the Star Nursery team and then competed in and won the semi-professional NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series. He was named the Auto Zone Elite Division Southwest Series Rookie of the Year in 1998. In 1999, Kurt and the Star Nursery team won the Southwest Tour Championship. He signed with Roush Racing later that year, which allowed him to move up and compete in a higher level of racing. In 2000, he competed in the Craftsman Truck Series, which was an entry-level NASCAR series for younger drivers. Busch won four races that year and was second in the series' point standings. He was the youngest driver to win both a pole in the series and a race. Winning a pole is winning a qualifying race and getting a better starting position for the competition race. With these successes, Roush announced that Kurt was being promoted and would compete in the next year's Winston Cup Series, replacing Chad Little. They released Little early, and Busch competed in seven Winston Cup races but did not win any of them. Despite his lack of wins, Roush Racing decided to put him in the Winston Cup Series full-time for the 2001 season. He placed in the top five in three of his races and earned over $2 million that year. Busch raced against Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500, and Earnhardt flashed him the middle finger going 185 mph. It was the last race they'd compete in together because of Earnhardt's fatal crash the next year.

In 2002, Kurt dramatically improved in his standings and rank in the NASCAR Cup Series, which was the new name of the Winston Cup Series as their contract with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco had expired. Over the season, he four won races, had twelve top 5, and twenty top 10 finishes. He ended the year ranked third in points, and he had collected over $5 million that year. His performance in the following season was less consistent, and although he won four races, he ended the season in eleventh place in points. Busch wouldn't be back in the top ten until the 2005 season, in which he finished tenth in points. That year also marked his departure from Roush Racing, and he signed on with Penske Racing in 2006.

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Career Controversies

Although he has had a successful career, it has not been without controversy. In 2005, he was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Maricopa County, Arizona. The sheriff's department would not release the results of his sobriety test because they claimed their machine malfunctioned. Roush Racing suspended him for the last two races of the season.

In 2007, he was in a race with his brother, Kyle, and their cars made contact, which caused both to crash. This resulted in a falling out, and the two not speaking. The brothers reconciled later that year at their grandmother's behest.

In the 2011 Richmond Races, Kurt had an incident in which he accidentally crashed into driver Jimmie Johnson, and Johnson retaliated in the next race. When asked about the rivalry by a reporter, Busch lost his temper and had to be physically restrained. NASCAR put him on probation until December 2012. In 2015, he was suspended by NASCAR due to domestic abuse allegations made by his former girlfriend. No charges were filed, and his suspension was lifted upon his completion of the reinstatement program several months later.

Personal Life

Busch has been involved in a number of feuds and rivalries with other drivers, and in 2006, he was named the third most hated athlete behind Barry Bonds and Tyrell Owens. He underwent cosmetic surgery in 2006 to have his ears pinned closer to his head.

Kurt was married to Eva Bryan from 2006 to 2011. He wed Ashley Van Metre in early 2017, and in 2019, they began starring on the CMT reality television show "Racing Wives." Ashley filed for divorce in 2022.

Real Estate

In 2013, Kurt paid $3.29 million for a 9,500-square-foot lakefront mansion in Mooresville, North Carolina. In 2018, he listed the home, which he dubbed "Chateau de Busch," for $3.6 million. He ultimately accepted $3.3 million a few months later. Here's a video tour of his former home:

In 2019, he listed a 138-acre undeveloped parcel down the road from the above mansion for $7.6 million. After trying to sell the parcels separately, he removed the listing in February 2020 and appears to still be the owner as of this writing.

In 2009, Kurt paid $2.8 million for a three-bedroom penthouse condo in Virginia Beach, Va. In 2019, he sold the unit at a major loss. The final sales price was reportedly just $920 thousand.

Kurt continues to own an undeveloped oceanfront plot of land in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He tried to sell this property in 2016 and 2017 for $1.5 million.

Kurt Busch Career Earnings

  • 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup
    $978.5 Thousand
  • 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup
    $5 Million
  • 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup
    $4 Million
  • 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup
    $5.7 Million
  • 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup
    $5.6 Million
  • 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup
    $4.8 Million
  • 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup
    $4.3 Million
  • 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup
    $5.1 Million
  • 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup
    $4.9 Million
  • 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup
    $6.3 Million
  • 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup
    $4 Million
  • 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $4.7 Million
  • 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $3.6 Million
  • 2001 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $2.2 Million
  • 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup
    $311.9 Thousand
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