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

pictures.

He made only two runs: a qualifying pass Sunday morning and the

elimination race nearly eight hours later.