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Kurt Busch’s bid for ‘Double’ comes to abrupt end at Charlotte, 126 laps short due to motor failure

May 25, 2014, 9:20 PM EST

Kurt Busch AP

Kurt Busch’s dream of being only the second driver to ever complete both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day came to an abrupt end 274 laps into the 600 on Sunday evening.

Busch completed 906 miles of racing before the motor on his Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet let go on the backstretch. He wound up with a disappointing 40th-place finish.

“The motor blew,” Busch told Fox Sports’ Jeff Hammond. “It acted like it swallowed three cylinders all at once, so it was real slow. It’s kind of a shame. It almost symbolizes how tough it’s been on the Haas Automation team. We gave it our all and were clawing our way back up.

“To feel the stock car right after driving an Indy car was a day I’ll never forget. And I can’t let the mood here with the car dampen with what happened up in Indy today. It was very special.”

Busch’s team co-owner, Tony Stewart, remains the only driver to complete both ends of the so-called “Double,” doing so in 2001.

“The Stewart-Haas guys gave me a good car tonight and the motor just went. Sometimes, that just happens.”

While upset at falling short of achieving his goal, Busch took the motor failure in stride.

“All-in-all, I’m satisfied,” he said. “I gave it my all.”

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  1. techmeister1 - May 26, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    You can bet if he hadn’t had such a good result at Indy, he’d have cursed out everyone under the Sun for the engine failure in Charlotte. You never know what to expect from the brat bothers other than uncontrolled anger.

    Congrats to Kurt on an exceptional Indy 500 debute. Now if he can keep his head in the game he might have a good year in CRASHCAR.

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