Kurt Busch: "It's A Privilege To Be Out There Right Now"

NASCAR, which is in the midst of seven races in 11 days, very much has a responsibility amidst the pandemic, Busch says

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
May 27, 2020 - 7:43 am
Kurt Busch

USA Today Images


NASCAR is in the midst of seven race in 11 days, and driver Kurt Busch couldn’t be happier to be back on the track.

“It’s great to be back in action and to be racing and to feel those competitive juices and the teamwork and all that that’s going on,” Busch said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “But in all honesty, it’s a privilege to be out there right now. There’s a lot of people in the world with a lot of unknown who don’t have a job. For me, it’s really a spot for NASCAR to shine and to reflect and to be out there up front being that beacon of light for other sports to try to follow. There’s a good bit of responsibility with everything going on. So I’m really happy we’re at the track, we’ve got three races under our belt now and a nice process that everybody’s following to keep the protocol in check.”

Busch, 41, believes that NASCAR very much has a responsibility right now amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“Well, it’s to come off with no problems and to create a set of guidelines, so to speak, on how to keep everybody safe as far as how we travel, how we [enter] the track and departures as well, and then the different departments,” he said. “The pit crew guys, not coming in contact with any of them; our engineering staff is staying home doing everything remotely; we have our mechanics that are working on the cars that work in different shifts at the race shop. 

“So it would be just like having your offense and your defense and special teams in different areas but still collaborating together as a team,” Busch continued. “Then you have the sponsors, the TV broadcast partners, the sanctioning body – everybody that has to go through the testing procedures and the protocols. It’s a heavy effort, but we’re all doing it together and trying to carry our sport out to the front and making good headway to show that other sports can follow it.”