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Failure to Finish ‘Double’ Doesn’t Diminish Kurt Busch’s Historic Day

Even if he finished shy of his goal of 1,100 miles, Kurt Busch still wound up a winner Sunday. Busch was attempting to be the first driver to race in the so-called “Double,” the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, since Robby Gordon last did so in 2004. Let’s clarify that last sentence. Busch didn’t just attempt, he actually did it. He raced in both events. He just came up a bit short, not by his own choosing, but due to a blown motor 126 laps from the finish of the 600, relegating him to an eventual 40th-place finish in the evening encore to his sixth-place finish in the 500. Granted, Busch did not complete what he set out to do in totality—he wanted to be the first driver (and only the second ...

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