Up to speed

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -  Kurt Busch driver of the #26 Honda is seen during practice for the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 11, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Kurt Busch driver of the #26 Honda is seen during practice for the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 11, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

CONCORD, N.C.—Kurt Busch took his first tangible step toward his May 25 Indianapolis 500/Coca-Cola 600 double, posting a lap at 229.960 mph in the first round of qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

That speed was third fastest when Busch left Indy for his regular job—driving the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet in Saturday night’s Sprint All-Star Race.

As drivers continued to run laps at the Brickyard, Busch slipped down the speed chart, but no matter. The starting order, including the pole for the Indy 500, won’t be determined until the second qualifying session on Sunday.

Tony Stewart, new to Twitter but well-versed in all aspects of motorsports, posted a message of encouragement to his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate.

“Congrats to my teammate @Kurt Busch for qual for his first #Indy500,” wrote Stewart, who obviously is getting the hang of Twitter handles and hashtags.

“Thnx, Boss—let’s go get ‘er done tonight!” Busch replied before boarding a plane back to North Carolina.

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