Kurt Busch Has No Shot at Indy-NASCAR Double

By Shane Phillips
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Kurt Busch might be a big name in the world of motorsports, but he isn’t exactly well-liked by his peers and NASCAR fans. After an ugly fallout with Penske Racing, Busch has worked diligently to rebuild his name, fanbase and good faith around the sport. He spent the 2013 season with the small Furniture Row team out of Colorado. Busch was able to find success and took the startup team to the Chase.

Following a successful 2013 year and what looked to be like a reestablished name, he decided to take his talents to Stewart-Haas Racing. With a new season underway and a new team, Busch decided to add some more fuel to the fire. The driver announced that he would try his hand at the ultra-tiring, super tricky and infamous Indy 500-Coca Cola 600 doubleheader.

Both races take part on the Sunday before Memorial Day. The Indy 500 is Indycar racing’s biggest race and quite possibly the most historic race in all of motorsports. The Indy 500 is run in the early afternoon hours and is followed by the longest race of the NASCAR season. The Coca-Cola 600 is held at what is considered to be NASCAR’s “home track”, the Lowe’s Speedway in Charlotte.

These races carry quite the history behind them as names such as Robby Gordon, John Andretti and Junior Johnson have all attempted the mighty task, but no one has ever won both in the same day.There is one driver, however, that completed all 1,100 miles that both races total. That driver is no one other than Tony Stewart, who comes from an extensive background of both open and closed-wheel racing.

For someone who has raced in all leagues and divisions, the Memorial Double is still a nearly impossible task. For someone like Busch who has never driven in an IndyCar race, it might as well be impossible. Add on the pressure of a new team and the media, and Busch might just end up back in anger counseling.

Let me be frank; if Busch does follow through with the Memorial Double, he will not be successful. So many aspects must go perfectly right just for Busch to start both races. He isn’t exactly a ball of sunshine either, so I can’t wait to see how he addresses the media after a week of flying back and forth between Indy and Charlotte.

If I was Busch, I would give this whole act up right now. He has worked incredibly hard to rebuild his name and racing career. Busch has finally started to see the payoff from his hard work and changed ways, so why jeopardize it?

Double the racing means double the trouble, double the chances of crashing, double the chances of arguments, double the people to tick off and double the media to handle. Busch should just stick to his NASCAR career right now, at least until he has restored more faith with the racing community because a major task like the Memorial Double could send him back to square one.

Shane Phillips is a NASCAR Writer for RantSport.com. Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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