The early-season Las Vegas Motor Speedway event always is a highlight for Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch. After all, they’re from Las Vegas. This time, though, there’s an even brighter spotlight resulting from Kurt’s announcement that he’ll attempt to race in both the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indianapolis 500 this year on May 25.
Busch seeks to become the fourth person to race in both events on the same day. One of those four is his boss at Stewart-Haas Racing – Tony Stewart, who has done the “double” twice. (John Andretti and Robby Gordon are the other two.)
“I’ve always just tried to challenge myself in motorsports,” Kurt told NASCAR.com, “and to be a student of all kind of cars — dirt tracks, road courses, superspeedways, short track, open wheel, and of course, our stock cars … it’s a chance to challenge myself, to do something physically and mentally as a driver, and show how tough NASCAR drivers are.”
Busch has been talking seriously about wanting to race in both classics – the second of which is NASCAR’s longest and most grueling race – since May of last year when he drove an Andretti Autosport car in a rookie test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He wasn’t able to get a ride last year for the Indy 500.
As far as this weekend goes, Kyle has had the better results at LVMS, with consecutive poles in 2008-09 and a victory in ’09, in 10 starts. Kurt has a pole and one top five over a 13-year span. Kyle is the only driver in the series to win from the pole at Vegas.