“Just a Fun Exhibition Race” – Kurt Busch on His Future and Busch Clash

Published 02/07/2021, 11:32 AM EST
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 21: Kurt Busch, No. 1 Monster Energy Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing enters Turn 4 during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Toyota / Save Mart 350, in Sonoma, CA. (Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Before the Daytona 500, a select number of drivers compete in the Busch Clash. These drivers qualify for the Clash based on certain parameters, such as qualifying for playoffs in the previous year, winning previous editions of the Clash, and more. Kurt Busch is just one of the many drivers racing in this event, and he was eligible due to his Las Vegas win in 2020.

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Recently, the older Busch previewed this race and also shed some light on his future. “We looked at the Clash as just a fun exhibition race. And then, with the cancellation of the California Speedway and a full points race the week after the Daytona 500, it took a whole new level of importance within our approach,” he said.

Now, Kurt Busch admitted that he and the other drivers have minimal time on track. However, they all have to make the best of it. So, he is approaching it hoping to pick up from where he was in 2020, especially from the Charlotte Roval onwards. From there, the preparations are well underway for the February 21 race.

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Kurt Busch talks about his future in NASCAR

Obviously, Busch is not getting any younger and is approaching the twilight of his career. With the new rules and Next Gen car coming in 2022, one has to wonder if he will stick around. In response to this, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver confessed that there was no soft deadline.

“No real soft deadline. One thing I learned in 2020 is that you have to be fluid. That seemed to be the word of the year.”

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LOUDON, NH – JULY 20: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford, poses with the Cape Cod Cafe Pizza Pole Award after posting the fastest lap during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

At the end of the day, waiting for CGR, Monster Energy, and other elements to fall in place, will happen at the right time. From there, Busch can take things one step at a time.

For now, Kurt Busch will focus on the upcoming Busch Clash and the subsequent Daytona 500. Having won the race in 2017, he will be hoping for a repeat performance.

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