Behind the Wheel With a NASCAR Driver
Martinsville, VA - Members of the media got a very interesting perspective of the Martinsville Speedway Wednesday.
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch gave rides in his M&M racecar, and our Heather Rosenbaum got to go for a spin with him.
The track at Martinsville is only about half a mile, and they got up to 100 mph, something that can be exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time.
Everyone pushes 60 on the highway but not on hairpin turns like the ones at the speedway.
Right off the top, Heather was the first one to get into the passenger seat of number 18. The car was once raced on the circuit, almost matching what Busch will drive on his next visit.
The typical NASCAR fan watches every race from the stands, but the driver sees Martinsville a little differently.
"It's a unique racetrack, and it's a challenging racetrack because we are just out there running around by yourself and what you felt is what we do," said Busch.
Busch said he and Heather were doing 100 mph on the track, but in October he plans to go as fast as 120."
After the ride ended, the practice continued. Busch says events like this benefit him more than us.
"It refreshes your memory a little bit. Anytime you are able to get on the racetrack you remember, 'Okay this sign okay break this hard and roll out of the brakes here.' It certainly refreshes you definitely."
It seemed Heather wasn't the only one who had to shake a few nerves.
"You were the first ride so the first ride I was nervous because I had no clue what to expect," said Busch.
Busch guessed they did a 21 second lap Wednesday. He says he has been in that passenger seat before, and he thinks that is scarier than being behind the wheel.