Don’t miss ‘Kurt Busch: 36’, ‘The Outlaw’s’ bid to complete Indy 500, Coke 600 Sunday on NBC, Monday on NBCSN

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Tie a piece of twine around your finger, set your alarm or have your best friend call and remind you – because you won’t want to miss NBC’s special documentary on Kurt Busch’s bid last month to become the first driver to attempt “The Double” since 2004.

Busch became the first driver since Robby Gordon – and only the fourth driver in history (the others were Gordon, John Andretti and Tony Stewart) – to attempt racing 1,100 miles in the same day in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600.

The Las Vegas native had an outstanding rookie run at Indy, finishing sixth, made it to Charlotte Motor Speedway on time, but unfortunately fell victim to a blown motor that prevented him from completing the full 1,100 miles.

The NBC Sports’ mini-documentary “Kurt Busch: 36” chronicles what Busch went through before, during and after both the 500 and 600.

The 30-minute version airs Sunday on NBC at 4:30 pm ET, while an extended hour-long “director’s cut” will air Monday on NBC Sports Network at 11:30 pm ET.

“(Both specials) will feature in-depth interviews, on-track footage, team communications and a seat right next to Busch throughout his races against drivers from two elite series, pulsating travel conditions and the limits of his own endurance,” according to a NBC Sports media release.

To get a sneak preview of what will be included in the special, check out the three following video excerpts:

The first clip shows Busch making his triumphant landing in the Charlotte Motor Speedway infield after jetting from Indianapolis to nearby Concord (N.C.) Regional Airport.

The next clip shows Busch backstage at the Coca-Cola 600, getting ready for the second half of “The Double” and talking with Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Danica Patrick, who gives Kurt a big congratulatory hug.

And last but not least, in the third preview clip, Busch talks with team co-owner and fellow Sprint Cup driver Tony Stewart as both drivers prepare backstage for that evening’s Coke 600.

Remember, “Kurt Busch: 36” airs in its half-hour form Sunday afternoon at 4:30 pm ET on NBC Sports. And the hour-long extended “director’s cut’ airs Monday night at 11:30 pm ET on NBCSN.

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MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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