Kurt Busch didn’t defeat Indianapolis Motor Speedway the last time he visited the shrine in Speedway, Ind., but he came close with a sixthplace finish, driving the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda in the 2014 Indianapolis 500.
Busch was back at the world’s most famous oval on Friday hoping to do better, this time in the No. 41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Crown Royal John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard that will go on Sunday.
In practice on Friday, Busch was again in sixth place, posting a lap of 185.117 mph, just ahead of his younger brother Kyle in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and just behind four-time Brickyard winner Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Did I mention that the last time he was at Indy he finished the 500-mile IndyCar race, hopped into a jet and flew to Charlotte, N.C., where he proceeded to try another 600 miles at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway less than two hours later?
In that race, the engine in his Chevrolet expired before he could complete the gruelling double.