It happens almost every race. During the national anthem, the cameraman – or, more accurately, the television director in the truck – finds Eva Busch. She is always standing next to some guy in a blue fire suit – Kurt or Kyle or whatever the hell his name is. Who cares? In the impressive universe of NASCAR’s wives and girlfriends, Eva Busch stands out. She is a blonde bombshell. Stunning to look at. Say what you will about Kurt or Kyle or whatever the hell his name is, but you can’t help but love Eva Busch during her three seconds on race day.
Then she usually disappears from the public conscience for a week.
Well, not this week…
Eva Busch (nee Bryan) married Kurt Busch in 2006. The ceremony was held on the porch of a secluded Virginia farm house. Eva wanted to have the ceremony on the beach, but her plans were laid to waste by environmentalists who, Scene Daily reported, would not allow the couple to build a beach pier because it was mating season for the endangered tiger beetle. (Leave it to environmentalists to favor beetle mating habits over human mating habits.)
Kurt and Eva met on a blind date at a sports bar. He tried to pass himself off as a veterinarian. (I think that move would only actually work for Jamie McMurray, whom I actually believe to be a veterinarian.) Somehow, the ploy worked. Lifetime aired a segment about the couple’s elegant wedding.
A soon-to-be married Eva Bryan gained notoriety in 2006 when, during a race at Texas Motor Speedway, Greg Biffle’s girlfriend Nicole Lunders went into the pit to yell at her after Biffle and Busch were involved in a wreck. A NASCAR official said Bryan and Lunders had a close relationship before the incident. Biffle said his girlfriend’s ire was directed at Busch. Which put her in the same boat as about a million other NASCAR fans.
That rock on her finger, reports one writer, is the size of a peanut M&M.