Days of Thunder II: Kurt Busch to channel his inner Cole Trickle at Daytona

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There are things that are cool in racing – and then there are things that are waaaaayyyy cool.

Kurt Busch will definitely be part of the latter category in Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

In a special one-off ride for team owner Rick Hendrick, the elder Busch brother will drive a Chevrolet Camaro with a day-glo yellow and lime green paint scheme and City Chevrolet sponsorship identical to one that Tom Cruise drove in the seminal movie, Days Of Thunder.

(Speaking of which, can you believe it’s been 23 years since DoT first hit the big screen? Now, doesn’t that make you feel old?)

“I can’t wait to get out there, drop the hammer and maybe do a little rubbin’,” Busch told FoxSports.com.

Or, as Robert Duvall (crew chief Harry Hogge) says in the movie, “Rubbin’s racin’.”

Busch is the defending winner of Friday’s NNS race.

To add a bit more spice, Busch, Hendrick and crew chief Nick Harrison acted out a couple of scenes in the movie that were caught on video.

And we use the word “acted” VERY loosely.

Let’s just put it this way: if you have visions of Hollywood stardom, guys, don’t give up your day jobs any time soon.

But in the whole big scheme of things, this is one of the best promotions we’ve seen in a long time, and it’s for a good cause: to raise awareness for the “Help Save Our Troops” campaign by the Armed Forces Foundation.

We can hear Busch now on the team radio: “I’m droppin’ the hammer.”

And we won’t be surprised to hear Harrison do his best Hogge imitation by replying back, “Now Kurt, when that little needle on the tach goes into the red and reads ‘9,000 RPM,’ that’s bad.'”

Or, if Busch has a bad night, maybe he and Harrison can reenact another famous scene from the movie:

Harrison: All right. While we’re still under a caution, I want you to go back out on that track and hit the pace car.

Busch: Hit the pace car?

Harrison: Hit the pace car.

Busch: What for?

Harrison: Because you’ve hit every other god—— thing out there, I want you to be perfect.

Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.