Kurt Busch waits for NHRA debut
With all three NASCAR series off this weekend, Sprint Cup star Kurt Busch is trying something very different. It started two years ago, when his wife surprised him with a spot in a drag racing school. "Little did I know how serious that we were going to jump into it," he said. Busch, 31, attended the 2008 U.S. Nationals with NHRA legend Don Prudomme. About the same time, a drag strip was being built in Charlotte, N.C., near Busch's home. Eventually Busch bought a 1970 Dodge Challenger off eBay for $15,000 and started getting it into race shape. The street-legal car puts out nearly 1,200 horsepower. But he has spent two days waiting to make his debut at the Gatornationals in Gainesville. Rain and flooding forced the sanctioning body to postpone his Sportsman class until Sunday at the earliest. Still, Busch said, "It's really neat, the camaraderie with the guys, hanging out in the pit area and just being one of the group."