2004 NASCAR Champion Kurt Busch to Participate In PINKS All Out at zMAX Dragway on April 24
Drag racing's most well-known newbie, 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, will be attempting some unusual double duty on Saturday, April 24. Barring inclement weather, Busch will qualify his No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge at Talladega Superspeedway, then fly to Concord, N.C. to race his 1970 Dodge Challenger at zMAX Dragway during PINKS All Out.
Busch, who recently got his NHRA competitor's license at zMAX Dragway through Roy Hill's Drag Racing School, participated in the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., during a recent off weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
"The Gatornationals were fun but now we get to run our Dodge Challenger all out," said Busch, who has already notched a victory this year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March. "Hopefully, we will get to go up against a Chevy at PINKS All Out and take ‘em down."
The most spectacular grassroots drag racing event in the country, PINKS All Out returns to the Bellagio of drag strips, April 23-24, on the heels of a historic 2009 event that featured competitors racing four wide down the concrete quarter-mile.
Busch will make practice runs in his Challenger, which he purchased off of eBay, before being matched up with several PINKS All Out participants and competing in a special exhibition portion of the program. With the help of longtime friend Jesse Walker, Busch has made many modifications to the Challenger, which now puts out nearly 1,200 horsepower.
After the exhibition competition, Busch will serve as one of the show's technical advisors through the remainder of eliminations.
Since the opening of zMAX Dragway in August 2008, Busch has raced his personal rides during several events at drag racing's premier facility, including the Grand Opening Celebration and NASCAR Night.
Said Busch to the Associated Press about the first time he raced at zMAX Dragway, "They're going to have 'NASCAR Night' and there's going to be nobody out there that's going to beat me on the NASCAR side. That was really the main objective."
PINKS All Out is a unique television property which combines a ‘made-for-television' grassroots drag racing competition with the sights, sounds and atmosphere of a large-scale motorsports event. Each episode - shot at 13 drag strips throughout the country from South Florida to Sonoma, Calif. for 2010 - invites up to 500 grassroots racers (door cars; 12.99 seconds and quicker) to compete for $25,000 in cash and prizes on some of the biggest drag racing stages in the United States, running ‘All Out' on a national cable television network, SPEED, and in front of a packed grandstand. Show host Rich Christensen sets the tone for the show through his signature arm drop starts, edgy personality and firm-but-fair approach to the competition.
Tickets for PINKS All Out at zMAX Dragway are going fast and can be purchased by calling the Charlotte Motor Speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS, or online. Reserved seats for Saturday's qualifying sessions and eliminations, including four-wide racing, are only $30. Tickets for Friday's test and tune are $15. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Connect with zMAX Dragway and stay up to speed with all the happenings at the Bellagio of drag strips on Facebook at on Twitter.