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Kurt Busch in Spokane practicing for STP Gas Booster 500

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - The loud roar coming from the Spokane County raceway is Kurt Busch and his Furniture Row Chevy. The Denver-based racing team is using the short oval track to practice for the upcoming STP Gas Booster 500 in Ridgeway, VA.

Busch is currently 13th in the Sprint Cup standing and his next race will be the STP Gas Booster 500 in two weeks. So his team is in Spokane making adjustments to the front and back end of the car to better handle the short track in Martinsville, which is nicknamed the paper clip.

Martinsville Speedway is only .526 miles long, making it the shortest track in the Sprint Cup Series.

Kurt Busch at SCR

"Oh Martinsville is a tough one. You can be fast all day and come down to a pit strategy call at the end," he said.

Before he hits the track at Martinsville practice is a must; getting the car set up even more important.

"The rear end game changed a little bit with how you can make adjustments on the Sprint Cup cars, so we are just making runs with that, and you have to make long runs to see how the tire wear is," Busch explained.

There are also new rules on how Sprint Cup cars can set up their front and rear ends, something that could come into play in Martinsville.

"At the end of the race it seems like we are all ping pong balls bouncing off of each other," Busch said.

So what brought Busch and his team to Spokane? Martinsville Speedway is just over a half mile while the Spokane County raceway is half a mile. Plus the sun is shining in the northwest while there's snow still on other tracks he might've practiced on.

"So lo' and behold here we are in Spokane, Washington. We tried Sandusky, Ohio, that's a very comparable one to Martinsville, Virginia and there is snow on the ground," Busch said.

Also at $4,000 for two days track time, SCR is cheap for them to get everything nailed down and ready for race day at Martinsville.

"We are making good laps here at Spokane; it's a good track for us to test," Busch said.