Kurt Busch has a strange definition of “pacing myself.”
When it came to celebrating his Daytona 500 win in the hours after the race and with an exhaustive media tour ahead, “pacing” meant partying the night away.
And the festivities were attended by notorious party boy, New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski.
The party invite came as he and his in-laws were having a few beers on their boat.
“My phone was blowing up with Monster people,” Busch said Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. “They were down at Razzles and I was like, ‘Razzles, I remember that place, let’s go.’”
When Busch arrived at the Daytona night club, Gronkowski was holding court in the VIP area.
“I was there partying with Gronk and that is a cool stamp to put down to say that you did that,” Busch said. “All the top (Stewart-Haas Racing) people were there, even college grads like Mike Verlander wearing his khakis were inside Razzles having a good time. Those are the celebrations you don’t forget about. That was the pacing myself. I left there at about 3:15 or 3:30 a.m. and that is what it takes to pace yourself to make it to the breakfast event with Daytona pushing our car into the Hall of Fame museum the proper way on Monday morning.”
Now it’s back to business for Busch, who was 14th fastest in the first practice session for the Fold of Honor Quik Trip 500.
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While Saturday will mark the sixth straight year the NASCAR Xfinity Series will race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, there will be significant changes.
Among the changes: the use of restrictor plates, as well as adding aero ducts to aid cars with the draft.
On Tbursday’s edition of NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman took a spin around the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway — on the NBCSN iRacing Simulator, that is — to show how some of those changes will impact the cars and potentially the race.
Check it out in the video above.
Friday will be somewhat of an easy, relaxing day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Cars will only take to the track twice in the afternoon — both being Xfinity Series practice sessions, which will be on the NBC Sports App.
IMS will host the NASCAR Cup Fan Fest from 4:30 – 8 p.m. ET, followed by the NASCAR Cup hauler parade that will see transporters enter the Speedway around 9 p.m. ET.
Here’s the rest of Friday’s schedule (all times Eastern):
FRIDAY, JULY 21
9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Xfinity garage open
1 – 1:55 p.m. – First Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)
3 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (NBC Sports App)
What does a sky diver and Olympic-caliber swimmer have in common?
They make their living on NASCAR’s pit road, that’s what.
Check out two of this week’s pit crew all-star nominees, as seen on Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America.
On Thursday’s edition of NASCAR America, several of the stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series tried to explain in three words what to expect with the use of restrictor plates in this Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
See what they said and what they’re thinking about Saturday’s race in the video above.