Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Robert Cannon
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By no means am I an expert of the racing world, but I will admit that I have always been a fan of the sport. The popularity and competition of racing has traditionally come down to Indy Car and NASCAR. From time to time, certain drivers take their turn at the other when their schedule allows them to, but after today, a schedule will mean nothing to Kurt Busch, just 1,100 miles and history.
NASCAR’s own Kurt Busch will look to become the second driver in racing history to complete both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. I have never been a huge fan of the Busch brothers in NASCAR (especially Kyle), but not only is this a true tell of his love for racing, the chance at history shows what kind of commitment Busch has for his sport.
For those of you that don’t quite understand, the toll your body takes during one race is pretty unimaginable. Inside the cabin of the car, the temperature can reach more than 140 degrees and drivers have lost anywhere from 5-10 pounds during a given race. Even though the cabin of an Indy car is open, what Busch is attempting to do is almost seen as absolutely insane. The only ever driver to complete both races in the same day was Tony Stewart back in 2001 and he ended his day on a stretcher headed to the Charlotte Motor Speedway hospital hooked up to oxygen. After that experience, you would think that his fellow drivers wouldn’t want Busch to attempt this feat, but all he has received is support and respect heading into it.
NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. told the media this week that Busch is representing all of NASCAR in his attempt of completing both races. "Whether he knows it or not, he's got a lot of people, drivers, crew and just about everyone on the infield pulling for him to do well because he is representing all of us," said Earnhardt to reporters.
Right now Busch is just another racer to Indy Car fans, but for NASCAR, all eyes are on Busch. The former NASCAR Racing Champion from 2004 is trying to complete what only one man has done in racing history and that is what makes this story so incredible.
The goal for each driver is to win each race they compete in and that is no different for Kurt Busch, but for somebody to take the entire sport this seriously that they are willing to attempt the NASCAR and Indy Car unthinkable, makes Busch a winner already in my book. Best of luck, Kurt!
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