Kurt Busch Qualifies For Gatornationals

Kurt Busch will make his NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing debut later on today.

Busch qualified his Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Avenger into the Pro Stock field, taking the No. 12 spot with a pass of 6.532 seconds at 211.46 mph. He will face off against No. 5 qualifier Erica Enders, who will get lane choice for the first round.

The significance of lane choice is that during the runs, sometimes the dragsters will blow motors, leaving oil in the lane. Even though the oil gets cleaned up, the stuff they use to dry the oil is sometimes slick, much like the speedy dry used in NASCAR, making it difficult for cars to get down that lane.

So with Enders getting lane choice, Busch will likely end up with a slicker, tougher lane. And with his inexperience, Busch will have his work cut out for him. It’ll be interesting to see if Busch can keep up, or if he can even pull off the upset and win it all.

Busch joins Richard Petty and John Andretti as the only NASCAR drivers to participate in an NHRA event.

Rodger Brogden took No. 1 overall in Pro Stock qualifying.

Tags: John Andretti Kurt Busch Richard Petty

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