Kurt Busch: Kurt Going NHRA


Kurt Busch with his NHRA 1970 Dodge Challenger. Photo Credit: DJ DeSpain,

Kurt Busch announced today that he is going to race next weekend at the Tire Kingdom NHRA Gatornationals in his rebuilt 1970 Dodge Challenger.

The bug captured Busch back in the early 1990’s, but made the decision to compete while at Concord’s zMAX Dragway in September of 2008.

The 1970 Dodge Challenger is powered by a stroked 6.1 liter Hemi and weighs 3000 pounds. Busch mentioned that they wanted to keep the weight down a bit, but regardless, this car that he plans to make “street legal” will run 8 sec. 1/4 mile runs. Very deceptive based on its purely stock look.

Busch said he purchased the car originally off of ebay for $15,000, and when I asked him how much he has put back into the car to get it into racing condition, his response was “I haven’t added all the receipts together yet.” He did come back and say he thought it was probably around the $100,000 mark and took a year and a half of time to complete the rebuild with one full time employee and then up to five volunteers at any time.

Busch is prepared to be knocked out in the first round, but is very excited about the opportunity to compete. He feels that reaction time and feel for the car is going to translate well into NASCAR and feels that it will help with his “A” job.

Joking Busch said “it may not be as big of an announcement as Danica coming to NASCAR, but Busch is going to NHRA!”

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