Kurt Busch is set to make his drag racing debut.
The 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will drive the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Avenger in the NHRA Pro Stock series at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida. Busch will attempt to qualify his way into the finals on Friday, March 11, and again on Saturday, March 12. The finals are Sunday, March 13.
Busch tested the Allen Johnson-owned Pro Stock car and earned his NHRA Pro Stock license during the offseason. Busch’s best pass time during the test was 6.576 seconds, or 210.43 mph. His time would have been good enough to qualify him in 11th in last year’s Gatornationals.
I’m going to need some help from you guys on this one, but to my knowledge, this will be the first time a NASCAR Cup Series driver has ever set foot into the world of professional drag racing.
Busch is going into the event with realistic expectations, claiming he expects to be served “humble pie” by the pros. But if you’re a drag racing fan, don’t sleep on the NASCAR star. He’s been serious when it comes to preparations for his NHRA debut, and with nothing to lose, you can bet he’s going to give it everything he has.
Just as long as he doesn’t take out my boy Allen in the first round, we’ll be cool.