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Kyle Busch is king of jungle for a day

April 11, 2013,

Driver plays at "Go Ape" outdoor experience leading up to Richmond race

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch spends a majority of his weekends practically “flying” around a race track in his No. 18 M&Ms Toyota Camry, a setting the driver is more than comfortable doing for a living.
But, what about when Busch is put in an entirely new environment, say the jungle? Well, whether in or out of his comfort zone, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver gives it his all and has fun doing it. Such was the case Wednesday, when Busch’s aerial skills were put to the test, flying through treetops, braving a Tarzan-like swing and riding a skateboard 50 feet in the air.
His participation in the event, which was held at “Go Ape,” an outdoor experience in Rockville, Md., was part of an appearance on behalf of Richmond International Raceway (RIR) to help promote its NSCS primetime race -- the Toyota Owners 400 -- on April 27. The 27-year-old, who has captured four consecutive spring race wins at RIR, was accompanied on the course by RIR President Dennis Bickmeier. And for one day, Busch was king of this jungle.
“It was fun to do something different and get out to ride some ropes, enjoy the outdoors and do something that isn’t your typical experience,” Busch said. “I loved the Tarzan swing. You hook up to the rope, fall off a platform and drop right off. It takes your stomach away from you for a second, but it’s fun.”
Busch, who is currently fourth in the points standings through six races, will make his 300th career Sprint Cup Series start Saturday (April 13) under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway  (FOX, 7:30 p.m. ET).


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