WATCH: NASCAR Champ Kyle Busch Takes up the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Challenge in 2020

Published 01/10/2021, 1:18 AM EST
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – OCTOBER 28: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Zombie Toyota, drives during the NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)


Aside from NASCAR, a lot of drivers are open to dabbling in other racing series. Among them is NASCAR driver Kyle Busch, who participated in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Admittedly, the 2020 edition was the only non-NASCAR race he participated in.

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However, the double Cup Series champion did not enjoy such a great race, and Busch with his co-drivers managed to finish 9th in their class and 26th overall.

During that race, he partnered Parker Chase, Jack Hawksworth, and Michael de Quesada in the #14 Lexus RC F GT3.

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Unfortunately, when the time came for Kyle Busch to take his first stint, he had a bit of trouble. Apparently, he struggled to connect his helmet to the car, which cost him a few precious seconds.

In his defense, Busch was probably not used to getting out of the car mid-race during the pitstops.

How did Kyle Busch perform in the race after the hiccup?

There were plenty of shenanigans, like nearly turning up late for his third shift in the car. Apparently, his team found out the hard way that Kyle Busch was a deep sleeper.

There were other issues like a brake problem and some handling issues.  Despite that, the four drivers were able to wrangle the car to a 9th place finish in their class.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 09: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota, talks with crew chief Adam Stevens during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2019 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, he will not be present for the 2021 edition of the endurance race. Despite this, there will still be some NASCAR presence on the grid.

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The likes of Chase Elliott, Jimmie Johnson, Austin Dillon, and AJ Allmendinger are all racing at Daytona. The iconic American endurance race is set to kick off on January 30th, and there are still plenty of seats to fill.

Although Kyle Busch is not on the grid, one can never say never. To be honest, it could be good practice for him, especially with the Daytona 500 coming up in February.

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