What Else Could Kurt Busch Race?

Joseph SheltonContributor IIIJune 5, 2014

What Else Could Kurt Busch Race?

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    Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, is gaining a reputation for racing anything he can get his hands on.
    Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, is gaining a reputation for racing anything he can get his hands on.Jerry Markland/Getty Images

    Despite having a mediocre 2014 Sprint Cup season, Kurt Busch has been in the good graces of the motorsports media recently with his attempt at the Memorial Day double, where he managed to place sixth in this year's Indianapolis 500 before blowing an engine and finishing 40th later that night at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.

    Busch, ever the fierce competitor, has raced competitively across the board with ventures into the TUDOR SportsCar Championship Series, NHRA, Verizon IndyCar Series and, of course, NASCAR. But with such a competitive spirit, one has to wonder about where else Busch would be interested in racing.

    Here's a look at some of the best options for Busch to experiment with.

World of Outlaws

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    "The Outlaw" in an Outlaw?

    It could work. Busch's teammate and boss, Tony Stewart, is widely known for being a World of Outlaws enthusiast. As a matter of fact, Stewart was injured last season in a Sprint Car race. Busch could easily work out a deal with Stewart for a few turns in a Sprint Car.

    Busch, who is aggressive behind the wheel, could find the perfect challenge in driving the powerful, ill-handling Sprint Cars around a dirt bullring. 

Formula One

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    One interesting option for Busch would be the prospective Formula One team that team co-owner Gene Haas is trying to put together. Despite the team being postponed until the 2016 season, Busch could very well make a one-off start when the team finally hits the track. He is a skilled road racer, and a successful venture in an F1 entry could work well for the Las Vegas native.

    Venues where Busch could make a start include the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, as well as the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 

Rally Car

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    It's agreed that Busch is slightly crazy. It is also agreed that it takes a crazy person to race in a Rally Car event. Yet if former NASCAR standouts like Steve Arpin and Scott Speed can do well while jumping Ford Focuses, then Busch can definitely excel while driving like a madman during a Rally Car event at the X Games.

V8 Supercars

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    The V8 Supercars, based in Australia, are steadily growing in popularity and have made several visits to North America, specifically at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. An appearance by Busch in the V8 Supercars would help to bolster the stock of the V8 Supercars organization in North America as well as help his and NASCAR's popularity.

In Closing

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    Despite being one of the most misunderstood figures in NASCAR history, there is no denying the fact that Kurt Busch is one of the greatest race car drivers of our generation, if not all time. He's won on a multitude of venues and has taken interest in virtually every form of racing in North America.

    Yet if given the opportunity, he would definitely reach out and try his hand at other forms of racing. By itself, that makes him an old-school driver, one who would race anything he could get his hands on. That sets him apart from the majority of his current company, and here's to hoping he continues to explore the racing world.

     

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