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Badgers guard feels a need for speed

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MADISON (WKOW) -- There's no doubt Badgers guard Ben Brust has a passion for basketball. Yet, the senior also has a growing love affair with racing.

"It's fun for me. It's a good hobby to have. I hated it my whole life until my brother-in-law got me into it three years ago."

Brust's initial interest in NASCAR has now become an intense passion. He is constantly talking about and to drivers on social media. In fact, Brust made contact with NASCAR driver Brendan Gaughan on Twitter. A friendship developed. Then, Gaughan asked Brust to serve as one of his spotters for last month's Nationwide Series race in Elkhart Lake.

"The pieces just kind of fell into place. I had a great time."

Brust's summer NASCAR experience is continuing this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The folks running the Brickyard 400 asked him to be a VIP in their Social Media Garage. So, what does a social media VIP do during race weekend?

"Really, I don't know. I really don't know."

To Brust, it doesn't really matter. He will get to spend the weekend rubbing elbows with NASCAR's elite.

"I've gotten to know so many people in the industry and drivers and spotters and media. It's really quite an experience when I get to go down there and talk with all these people."

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