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February 20, 2014

Crash interrupts Daytona practice

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. —

Busch reacts: Taxicab boys? Puppies? Real race cars? IndyCar president of competition Derrick Walker used all of those phrases Tuesday while talking about NASCAR regular Kurt Busch possibly driving in the Indianapolis 500 this summer. Busch got a chance to react Wednesday, saying “the real cars are over in Europe and they’ve got F1 tagged to them.” Busch’s car owner, Gene Haas, is looking to potentially enter the Formula One Series. Walker created a stir at IndyCar media day in nearby Orlando when asked about helping Busch make the transition. “We have to help those little taxicab boys come out and race real cars.” Walker was joking, but he didn’t stop there. “We’ll take those little puppies anytime they want to come up (to Indy). Probably give them a thrill. They might not want to go back. (They’d say), ‘Oh, this is what a real car feels like.”’ Busch reiterated Wednesday that he still wants to drive in the Indy 500 and is working out the details of landing a ride, but he has no plans to make a full-time switch. “It’s just not an option. I’m a NASCAR guy, that’s what my blood is, it’s what flows every day.”

Deja vu: Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano might want to avoid each other on the racetrack the rest of the week. Kenseth and Logano were involved in their second wreck in five days Wednesday, the second one coming while drafting in a huge pack during Daytona 500 practice. They also got together in the exhibition Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night. “They’re two separate things,” said Logano.

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