NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch completed an impressive Memorial Day weekend doubleheader, competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 this past Sunday. Busch started his weekend with a sixth-place finish driving the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda in the Indy 500 – his first-ever race in an Indy car. The evening did not fare as well for Busch as a blown engine ruined his chances of allowing him to become just the second driver to complete all 1,100 miles as part of “The Double.” “I can’t let what happened here (Coca-Cola 600) dampen the mood on what happened up in Indianapolis,” Busch said. “I would love to do it again.” … Roush Fenway Racing announced that 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will drive the No. 6 car fulltime in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2015. Bayne, who has competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with Roush Fenway Racing the previous four seasons, has raced a partial Sprint Cup Series schedule piloting the No. 21 for Wood Brothers Racing. “This is obviously the biggest news I’ve ever had in my life,” Bayne said. “Although we’ve had some big news before, this takes the cake.” … Six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson proved that drivers are athletes as the Hendrick Motorsports driver competed in the Over The Mountain Triathlon prior to the Sprint All-Star Race. Johnson won the 35-39 age group of the competition, completing the triathlon with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes, 7 seconds. He would follow up his triathlon with a sixth-place finish in the Sprint All-Star Race. “It was awesome,” Johnson said. “I’m so stoked, so stoked.” … Less than a year after suffering a broken right leg following a sprint-car accident last August in Iowa, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver/owner Tony Stewart returned to his racing roots. Stewart got behind the wheel of a sprint car this week as he tweeted, “Guess who got back in a sprint car for the first time today :-) #smokewillrise.” … Last week, NASCAR announced the 2015 induction class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The five inductees are 1988 NASCAR Cup champion Bill Elliott; Wendell Scott, NASCAR’s first African-American driver to win a race; two-time series champion Joe Weatherly; 1960 champion Rex White; and 26-time race winner Fred Lorenzen. The 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame class will be inducted on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.
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