Kurt Busch eliminated in NHRA drag-racing debut
NASCAR driver Kurt Busch has lost his drag-racing debut.
Busch was sent home Sunday in the opening round of eliminations
at the NHRA Gatornationals. Busch raced in the Super Gas division
of the Sportsman class.
His 1970 Dodge Challenger sputtered shortly after takeoff and
covered the 1,000-foot drag strip in 10.10 seconds, a bumper behind
Wes Neely’s 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. Busch raced in the 9.90-second
division, meaning he was a bit off the projected pace.
Busch, taking advantage off an off week in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup
Series, was the event’s star attraction. He spent much of the
four-day event shaking hands, signing autographs and posing for
He made only two runs: a qualifying pass Sunday morning and the
elimination race nearly eight hours later.