Kyle Busch would love to try Kurt's double race someday

GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

By Greg Beacham | AP

LAS VEGAS -- Someday in the future, Kyle Busch would love to emulate his older brother's attempt to run the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same day.

He just doesn't think he should do the double until he's got a NASCAR series championship in his trophy case.

"I've thought about doing that for years," Kyle Busch said Friday at his hometown Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "I've always said that I wouldn't do it until I've gotten a Cup championship, which obviously Kurt has (but) I don't have. I've always put it on the back-burner and not really worried about it, but I think it's good. I hope he has fun with it. Hope he don't get too wore out."

He understands the challenges faced May 25 by Kurt Busch, who won his series championship in 2004. The double requires about 580 miles of plane travel in between several hours of grueling driving in IndyCar's biggest event and NASCAR's longest race.

Although the double is tantalizing for many drivers, nobody has attempted to run both races since Robby Gordon in 2004. Tony Stewart, ostensibly Kurt Busch's boss at Stewart-Haas Racing, is the only driver to finish all 1,100 miles back in 2001.

Kyle Busch understands exactly why Kurt Busch wants to try it -- and it's not just to say he did it.

"It's just the fact of giving it a shot and seeing if you can't roll sevens and win the thing," Kyle Busch said. "It's the fun. It's the challenge of a different car on a different race track, and trying to go after one of the biggest races in the country."

Kyle Busch isn't expecting a hometown boost when he returns to his native city for NASCAR's third race of the season at the north end of The Strip. He said Las Vegas is "not necessarily a racing town at all, really," despite the Busch brothers' emergence from the area along with Brendan Gaughan and promising Nationwide rookie Dylan Kwasniewski.

Logano wins NASCAR pole in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Joey Logano has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, turning a qualifying lap at a track-record 193.28 mph.

Logano will start on the front row next to Penske Ford teammate Brad Keselowski, who came in second Friday at 193.099.

The Penske drivers swept the top two spots for the second straight race, reversing their qualifying finish in Phoenix a week ago.

Logano and Keselowski are thriving in NASCAR's first three-round Friday session under the new knockout qualifying rules.

Clint Bowyer will start third alongside Austin Dillon in fourth. Jimmie Johnson is in fifth.

Most of the drivers surpassed the previous track speed record during qualifying. Bowyer says speed records will fall all season with the cars' new setups.

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