Monday was day one of school in Clark County, and it was also day one of school at City National Arena as Deryk Engelland showed Kurt Busch the ropes on the ice. After that, at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the learning curve was sped up a bit, as the student became the teacher.
“Exciting, it’s a rush, a lot of fun to experience a whole different ballpark,” Golden Knights defenseman, Deryk Engelland said. “Definitely intimidating."
For the first time in his life, Engelland felt what it was like to be in a NASCAR stock car, both as a passenger and a driver.
“Your arms are tired, you’re not used to it, couldn’t imagine doing it for three hours with 40 other cars out there,” Engelland said.
“They were actually surprised you turn the car to the right when you’re going straight and that’s because of all the setup that’s in the car,” NASCAR Cup Series Driver Kurt Busch said.
Monday’s event was a cross-promotion opportunity between the Speedway, which is hosting the first playoff race in Sept., and the Golden Knights. But before Engelland hit the track, Busch blew a "tire" heading into turn two, on the ice.
“Haha, I look like Bambi out on the ice don’t I? Haha,” Busch said.
“If you don’t fall, you’re not trying. So I think (Busch) did pretty good out there,” Engelland said.
Busch said he’d only been on skates four or five times before Monday, but the experience at City National Arena was unforgettable.
“To be out on the ice with two pros from the Golden Knights, that’s awesome, a special treat. And then to take them out to the track here and take them around at 150 miles per hour; it’s a good trade off,” Busch said. “With NASCAR, with NHL, it’s two gravitating fan bases that really are passionate about their sport."
The next time we'll see Deryk and Kurt competing in Las Vegas will be Sept. 16. Busch is scheduled to be racing in the Southpoint 400 at the Las Vegas Speedway, while Engelland is set to be at T-Mobile Arena for the Golden Knights' preseason opener.
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