Trending: Kurt Busch at Disney; Stenhouse

February, 19, 2013
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Kurt BuschDavid RoarkNASCAR driver Kurt Busch playfully hooks himself up to "Tow Mater," the tow truck character from the "Cars" films while at Walt Disney World Resort.
What do you do when you crash twice in two days while getting ready for the Daytona 500?

In Kurt Busch's case, the answer was simple -- he went to Disney World.

Busch crashed while practicing and racing at Daytona International Speedway. His first wreck came during practice Friday for the Sprint Unlimited race. Crash No. 2 happened when he got caught up in a multicar wreck on Lap 15 of the 75-lap, three-stage Sprint Unlimited on Saturday night.

Not much to laugh about there. But Busch found some humor in it during a stop at Disney's Art of Animation Resort Monday. The driver saw Tow Mater from "Cars" and offered to hook himself up to the truck in an effort to mimic the fate of his No. 78 Furniture Row Chevy SS earlier over the weekend. The end result can be seen above. Sprint Cup practice at Daytona resumes Wednesday and Busch took advantage of some time off to visit Disney World with his girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll and her son, Houston.


It was a big couple of days for Tow Mater, as well, as his human voice -- Larry the Cable Guy -- celebrated his 50th birthday Sunday. Even before heading to Disney World, the racing weekend wasn't a complete washout for Busch, who earned himself a spot inside of Row 9 for Thursday's first 150-mile Duel qualifying race.

"We've had our share of bad breaks this weekend, but the good news is that we have a fast car in race trim," Busch said after qualifying.

Frustration at Daytona is nothing new for Busch, who has finished second in the Daytona 500 on three occasions. He'll also be racing in Saturday's Nationwide Series race.

And it appears he'll have a smile on his face before the race starts if not necessarily when it's over.

There was short-track racing at Daytona Monday night, as Kyle Larson spun out C.E. Falk on the last lap to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race in the inaugural UNOH Battle At The Beach. Larson took to Twitter after the race to apologize -- sort of:



The move was definitely noticed. Tony Stewart said he'd "guarantee" Larson will be the next great NASCAR driver. Larson races against Tuesday.



Busch wasn't the only Sprint Cup driver who attempted to enjoy the frigid-for-Florida weather earlier Monday, as early-morning temperatures were down to the 20s in some spots.



Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who spent a sizable portion of his media time last week answering questions about his relationship with Danica Patrick, tried his skills at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach with friend and pro golfer Landon DeStefano. The course is about an hour north of Daytona Beach and Stenhouse detailed some of his exploits on Twitter. Stenhouse won his second straight NASCAR Nationwide Series title last year and will be competing against Patrick, among others, for Sprint Cup rookie of the year honors. From all accounts Monday, he's got plenty of upside potential on the golf course.



OK, it wasn't quite that bad:



Stenhouse even found a beach ball, so to speak:

Bill Speros is an ESPN.com contributor. He can be reached on Twitter @billsperos or via email at bsperos1@gmail.com.

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