Kurt Busch Takes in Chicago Ahead of Upcoming Street Course Race

The 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion visited with the NBA Chicago Bulls and took in opening day for the MLB Chicago Cubs.


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To say Kurt Busch is having a good week might be a bit of an understatement.

The 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion was in the FOX Sports booth on Sunday as Tyler Reddick drove his No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota to victory ahead of Busch's younger brother Kyle to score the win at Circuit of The Americas. Sidelined last year with concussion-like symptoms, the older Busch brother became emotional watching his car drive away to the victory.

Busch quickly found his way to Victory Lane to celebrate with Reddick and the entire 23XI Racing organization, a celebration that went into the next night back in North Carolina.

Busch's big week was far from over, however, as he headed north to Chicago later in the week to help promote the upcoming NASCAR Cup Series race along the streets of the iconic city, the first time in NASCAR history the series will run on a street course.

While Busch is a Las Vegas, native, his love for Chicago and the city's sports teams in no secret. A longtime fan of both the Chicago sport teams, the former champion was able to visit with the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, and Cubs this week, all while getting the city and it's avid sports fan ready for NASCAR's invasion on July 1-2, 2023.

A huge fan of baseball, Busch spent MLB Opening Day with his favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. Busch has worked out with the Cubs during Spring Training, served as a photographer at their games, and even sang 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' with the team in 2011.

On Thursday, Busch was once again at historic Wrigley Field to throw out the first pitch and meet with players before heading to the NHL Chicago Blackhawks game.

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