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Kurt Busch makes it fewer miles in Charlotte than in Indy after engine expires

Nick Bromberg
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Kurt Busch (41) smokes after his engine blows up on the backstretch during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 25, 2014
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Kurt Busch's Sprint Cup Series car engine prevented him from completing all 1,100 miles of the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday.

After Busch finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500, his engine erupted in a big plume of white smoke just over two-thirds of the way through the 600, ending his day.

Officially, Busch ended up completing 406.5 miles in the 600, to bring his Sunday total to 906.5. His car owner, Tony Stewart, remains the only driver to complete every mile of both races in the same day.

But before the engine grenaded, Busch wasn't going to complete all 1,100 miles anyway. His team had been battling a shock issue after getting back on the lead lap, but the engine started acting sour and went down a cylinder or two, sapping Busch of much-needed horsepower.

"The motor blew," Busch said. "It acted like it swallowed three cylinders all at once and it was real slow. Kind of a shame, but it almost symbolizes how tough it's been on the Haas Automation team. We give it our all and with the way we were clawing our way up there and got a lucky break with the caution one time and I thought we were making good gains on the car."

"And it was great to race in traffic and feel the stock car right after driving an IndyCar and it's a day I'll never forget. And I can't let the mood here with the car dampen what happened in Indy today."

It's been a brutal season for Busch since he won at Martinsville in March. After the win, he has finishes of 39th, 31st, 23rd, 33rd, 29th and 40th at Charlotte.

Because of the win at Martinsville, Busch is going to make the Chase and despite the terrible finishes, he has an extremely, extremely slim chance of dropping out of the top 30 in the points and negating the possibility of a Chase berth. Entering Charlotte, he was 52 points ahead of David Gilliland in 31st place. That's more than a full race win and bonus points (48).

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Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at nickbromberg@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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