Kurt Busch to be inducted into Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame on Friday


A week after winning his second Sprint Cup race of 2015, Kurt Busch will be Las Vegas, his hometown, to be inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame on Friday.

Busch was named one of five inductees on March 19, along with Mike Tyson, Glenn Carano, Ric Griffith and Joe Kelly.

“Usually when you’re being mentioned for a Hall of Fame, it’s at the twilight of your career,” Busch told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “But it’s humbling to be receiving this honor, and I’m proud to be representing Las Vegas.”

Busch, who has 27 wins and one championship since starting in the Sprint Cup in 2000, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Busch will be one of 89 members who have been honored with an induction into the Hall of Fame.

Busch’s induction comes after the Stewart-Haas Racing driver went through one of the most controversial periods of his career. Busch was suspended the first three races of the year amid allegations of assaulting ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll last September at Dover International Speedway.

His first win of the season was at Richmond International Raceway on April 26 and was followed up last weekend with his win in the rain shortened Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Despite missing the first three races of the season, Busch is 11th in the driver standings, 150 points behind teammate Kevin Harvick in first.

Busch acknowledged his family, including his father Tom, in helping him achieve his career success.

“They all helped open doors, and they’re the ones responsible for helping me with my career,” Busch said. “I was fortunate to have a family that was so supportive of my sports career. I never forgot where I came from. Las Vegas has always been a unique city to represent, and I take a lot of pride in it.”