NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch announced last week that he will join Andretti Autosport for the 98th running of the Indy 500 on May 25. Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, is looking to become the fourth driver to complete the Memorial Day weekend double that begins with the Indy 500 and culminates with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 in Concord, N.C., on the same day. He is dedicating the effort to U.S. military personnel serving around the world and said the opportunity "is a dream come true." "My dad, a Mac Tools distributor, and I would go to car shows and see Indy cars and he'd say, 'This is about as close as you'll ever get to one of these things' because it was so far removed from what we could dream as a small blue-collar family from Las Vegas," Busch said. "It's just the different opportunities that have come up in motorsports (that have led me) to this biggest moment outside of stock cars.” Busch tested an Andretti Autosport car at the Speedway last May - his second time in an Indy car - between Sprint Cup Series races and was hooked. Busch, in his first season with Stewart-Haas Racing, will have a busy month of May between the two racing series schedules. In addition to four Sprint Cup races during the month, Busch will head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Qualifications on May 17-18, with final practice - Carburetion Day – on May 23. Busch said a testing plan interspersed in the NASCAR schedule to "get up to speed" with Andretti Autosport teammates Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Carlos Munoz is being drafted. Busch is looking to join John Andretti (1994), Robby Gordon (2002-04) and his Cup owner Tony Stewart (1999, ’01) as the only drivers to compete in both events. Stewart is the only driver to complete all 1,100 miles, finishing sixth at Indianapolis and third at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his second attempt in ’01. … Team Penske didn’t waste any time figuring out the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series knockout qualifying format. After the Daytona 500 utilized its traditional qualifying method, Team Penske has swept the front row in the first two races of the season using the new format, Phoenix and Las Vegas. At Phoenix, Brad Keselowski won the pole and teammate Joey Logano started beside him and this past weekend they swapped front-row positions at Las Vegas. … Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced that 18-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski, a full-time driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, has been added as the team’s newest development driver. The Las Vegas resident made his NNS debut in February at Daytona, winning the pole position and finishing eighth in his first start in one of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series. Kwasniewski also became the youngest NNS polesitter in Daytona history. He currently is competing full-time in the NNS with Turner Scott Motorsports. … Longview’s Morgan Bagley captured his first career Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track win Saturday night at the Port-A-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship in the SUPR Late Model division. Rodney Sanders, of Happy, Texas, won the Limited Modified division title and Cade Dillard, of Many, La., took home the Modified division championship.
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