Sep 28, 2011

Taking a quick break from the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch stopped in Kansas City today to learn some secrets to what makes Kansas City barbeque famous.

Busch, who will return to Kansas City for the Oct. 9 Hollywood Casino 400, spent time with a pit master from Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ learning the tricks of the trade while barbequing shrimp, salmon, steak, chicken and burnt ends for fans and media to sample throughout the hour-long lesson.

Busch took a quick break from his BBQ 101 lesson and with Kansas Speedway President Pat Warren presented Major General Lee Tafanelli of the Kansas National Guard tickets to the upcoming Hollywood Casino 400 for the members of the National Guard to attend the fourth race in the Chase.

“We appreciate everything that the members of our military do for our country,” said Busch. “It was great to be able to help Kansas Speedway present tickets to the Hollywood Casino 400 to members of our military today.”

Returning to his BBQ 101 lesson, Busch learned how to make a quick dessert by grilling a peach.

“I like to grill,” said Busch. “I plan on taking some of the things I learned today and trying them out over the next few weeks.”

By the end, Busch had graduated from the BBQ 101 course and was given a chef jacket.

Remaining 2011 events at Kansas Speedway include the Hollywood Casino 400 on Oct. 9, the Kansas Lottery 300 on Oct. 8 and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 on Oct. 7 and tickets for all events are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by logging onto Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.