Kurt Busch Goes for a Different Kind of Repeat Win

Richmond’s April race winner spends the day with Passages Rock and River campers on historic James River

Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch hits the James for some kayaking with the kids.


With a Richmond win already on his 2015 resume, Kurt Busch tried to sneak a second checkered flag in before the rest of the NASCAR field returns in September. That was, until a couple of campers had something to say about it.

“Man they ambushed me!” said Busch. “It was a fun event, I thought, then it turns into a full on race and they staged it to where they surrounded me and I couldn’t even get my paddle going.”

No it wasn’t a paddle-powered stock car. Kurt and the kids were out kayaking on the historic James River in advance of RIR’s upcoming race weekend September 10-12. 

“It was a perfect ambush,” he chuckled. “ They’re like ‘Yeah our plan worked,’ and I’m here thinking what plan!”

Busch and Richmond International Raceway came out to the Passages Rock and River camp on the James, where the defending TOYOTA OWNERS 400 champ made the rounds across Richmond’s famous Belle Isle. In addition to splashing around in a kayak, Busch took to the air with some zip line action across the islands quarry.

“It’s neat to come to the (Richmond) market a few weeks out and create that buzz around the race coming up here,” said Busch.

And as much fun as the No. 41 driver had on the river, Kurt is looking forward to coming back to RIR in September for the Last Race to Make the Chase, the 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400.

“There’s some of those races that slip through your fingers and you want them back. Richmond’s done that to me over the years,” said Busch. “I always get excited about coming here, going for that win. It’s a perfect type of cut off scenario, whether you’re in or you’re out Richmond’s the short track where you gotta let it all hang out.”

You can come see Kurt and the rest of the NASCAR Sprint Cup field put it all on the line in the Last Race to Make the Chase, the 2015 Federated Auto Parts 400, on Saturday, September 12. 

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