Kurt Busch made his Sprint Cup debut at Dover in September of 2000.
September 24th, 2000. A 21-year-old racer from Las Vegas gets his first shot behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car. Driving the No. 97 John Deere sponsored and Jack Roush owned Ford, he placed 18th at Dover.
14 years, 499 starts, 25 victories, and one Sprint Cup championship later, he returns to the same track for career start number 500. His name is Kurt Busch and he is currently in danger of being eliminated from the Chase and hopes to punch his ticket to the second round with a 26th career victory this weekend.
This milestone race could also serve as the defining moment of Kurt Busch's 2014 season. Only 34 other drivers have ever started in at least 500 races at the Cup level, 13 of which are champions themselves.