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Kyle Busch set to run his own 24 Hours of Daytona

By admin | February 12, 2010


By Richard Allen

With the Camping World Truck Series race scheduled for Friday night having been rained out Kyle Busch is now set to run his own version of the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Busch will start from the pole position in the Drive4COPD 300 Nationwide Series race which will begin just after 1:00pm on Saturday. He was awarded the first starting spot due to the fact that qualifying for the race was another Friday weather related casualty as rain set in for most of the day in central Florida.

Not long after the finish of that race Busch will suit up for the NextEra Energy Resources 250 truck race which will roll off just after 7:00pm on Saturday night. Busch will start his Toyota in 16th position after a somewhat disappointing qualifying run.

Finally, the Daytona 500 will commence at 1:00pm on Sunday. Busch will start his Joe Gibbs Racing entry in 7th for that race.

Granted, Busch will not complete the distance in 24 hours but rather in about 27 hours or so. But still, in the course of 24 hours he will start three major races on one of the world’s most storied racing facilities.

Two weeks ago the Daytona International Speedway hosted the famed Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona endurance race. In roughly the same amount of time Kyle Busch will complete 1050 miles of competition. Considering that the driving chores for most teams in the endurance race are split among three, four or even five drivers it is likely that most individuals to have run that race did not log so many miles as Busch will.

Busch has run multiple races in one weekend before. Sometimes those races have been on the same track and sometimes he has had to travel great distances. Rain in Daytona on Friday has allowed him to attempt another feat of endurance and speed. Imagine his place in history should he win all three.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.

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