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Kurt Busch to start Indy 500 in backup after wreck in practice

Kurt Busch, who will drive in both the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500 in Indiana on Sunday, encountered a small bump in his plans when he wrecked Monday during practice for the Indianapolis 500. The Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup driver will start Sunday's 500 race in a backup ride.

Kurt Busch will drive the No. 26 Suretone Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara in the Indy 500
Kurt Busch will drive the No. 26 Suretone Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara in the Indy 500
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Kurt Busch, driver of the #26 Suretone Andretti Autosport Honda Dallara signs autographs after wrecking in practice for the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 19, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Although it is not uncommon for a NASCAR driver to pull double duty on a race weekend by running in both a Sprint Cup and Nationwide race, Busch will be taking that concept to a new level.

Racing 1100 miles in one day at tracks hundreds of miles apart takes precision planning and more than a little luck with the weather. In case circumstances prevent Busch from driving all the laps in the NASCAR race, Parker Klingerman will be on standby. He helped practice Busch’s Stewart-Haas Racing car last weekend at Charlotte before Busch arrived for the All-Star race.

On March 3, Busch announced on the “FOX and Friends” television morning show his plan to race in both the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25. Busch is just the fourth driver in the history of both races to attempt the double and the first since Robby Gordon attempted the feat in 2004.

Busch's Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Tony Stewart is the only driver to complete the entire 1100 miles in one day. Unlike Busch, who will be driving his first IndyCar race, Stewart competed in the series before moving to NASCAR.