Early exit for Busch in NHRA debut

Sunday, March 14, 2010 – Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, makes his NHRA drag racing debut, competing in the Super Gas division at the Gator Nationals in Gainesville, Fla. Busch fell in the first round of eliminations when his 1970 Dodge Challenger stumbled off the starting line. He was beaten by Wes Neely. The drag racing effort came during an off-weekend for NASCAR’s Cup Series.

A year after his drag racing debut, Busch returned to Gainesville and the Gator Nationals, this time to compete in Pro Stock. He qualified his yellow, Shell-sponsored Dodge 12th in the 16-car field but once again suffered a first-round defeat, this time to Erica Enders. Busch made a respectable 6.541-second pass in his first Pro elimination effort but Enders, who had a better reaction time off the starting line, posted a winning time of 6.538 seconds.

• Busch has been quite the crossover competitor during his racing career. Not only did he compete in NHRA drag racing, in 2014 he became the fourth NASCAR driver to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on the same day. John Andretti, Tony Stewart and Robby Gordon had previously accomplished the double-duty feat. Busch finished an impressive sixth at Indy.

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