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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Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.