Badger Bits: Ben Brust to NASCAR?


Ben Brust hit an epic shot against Michigan earlier this year with the stakes at their highest. He'll be facing more pressure Saturday afternoon.

Wisconsin guard Ben Brust won't be part of any basketball team tomorrow. Rather, he'll be spotting for Nationwide Series racecar driver Brendan Gaughan.

Here are Brust's thoughts on being part of the race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., per the Sporting News:

"The fact that it is a Nationwide Series race and a lot at stake is what makes it fun and interesting and it's going to bring a challenge," Brust said. "As an athlete and a competitor, I like the challenge of trying to be part of a team and helping a team be successful.

"I'm excited to do what I can to help. I'm sure I'll learn a lot. I'll just go to work when the green flag drops, and that's very weird to say."

Brust went on to acknowledge that his love for NASCAR hasn't spread to his teammates. I'm sure that being part of an actual race itself would be exhilarating, but watching it on TV is a complete bore. I'll passively acquiesce that a lot more goes into being a successful racecar team than meets the naked eye, but to be a real fan of the "sport" you've got to be fanatical. Brust is, I guess.

"I listen to scanners all the time," Brust said. "I understand what their job is-they've got to make sure that driver is clear, if he's got someone next to him or if he's on the quarter panel.

"I'm going to be as focused as I can be and do my best. That's all I can ask. I can't wait for Saturday. I'm ready to go."

If there is anybody who can operate productively in a pressure situation, it's Brust. That halfcourt heave against Michigan will live in infamy. Hopefully he can summon the goods for Gaughan during tomorrow's race, too.


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