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Here’s why Kurt Busch to RPM is a bad idea

By admin | December 13, 2011

By Richard Allen


Every so often I like to argue with myself on some particular issue in racing. Being a Psychology teacher I suppose that is somewhat appropriate.

On this occasion my topic is one that created much buzz on Tuesday afternoon when SiriusXM Radio’s NASCAR channel broke the story that Richard Petty Motorsports was considering hiring volatile Kurt Busch to drive a car for them in 2012.

Busch parted ways with Penske Racing after he was caught on camera delivering a profane and hostile tirade toward ESPN pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch and one of the network’s cameramen. This particular incident was just another in a series of anger laden outbursts toward media, competitors and his own crew members that eventually built up to reach a level that would no longer be tolerated by those in power on the Penske team.

Considering Busch’s troubled past, would it be a good decision for any team to hire him as a driver? In this column I will offer reasons as to why Busch joining RPM is a bad idea.

The most obvious reason as to why Busch should not be hired by a team in need of a championship driver’s services is his attitude. Many(including Jack Roush and Roger Penske) would argue that his immense talent cannot override his difficult personality.

Only a brief listen to his team radio channel reveals that Busch almost constantly berates his crew members. These deriding tirades are often profane and personal. Human nature would suggest that it would be virtually impossible for crew members to perform at their best level amid these constant verbal lashings.

Busch has also shown he can be highly disrespectful toward car owners. A well documented audio tape exists of he and much respected Roger Penske involved in a heated argument during a race in Martinsville. And the thing about the possibility of Busch driving for RPM is that the man whose name is on this team is not just any man. Richard Petty is one of the most revered names in the sport’s history. One of Busch’s disrespectful tirades would be less than well received to say the least.

And as has been proven recently, Busch’s antics can serve to embarrass sponsors. That is something in this time of economic cutbacks that no team can afford.

Another reason for RPM not to hire Busch would be that doing so could disrupt what seemed to be a good thing by end of the last season. Drivers Marcos Ambrose and A.J. Allmendinger scored several top-10 finishes and looked as if they were on the verge of a breakout. Throwing a driver who will require so much attention into the mix could severely upset the balance.

Kurt Busch has been fired once before with little impact. After his dismissal from Roush Fenway Racing, his attitude changed little. He was even punched once by Jimmy Spencer with little result. What makes anyone think he will change now, especially after being signed so soon after his recent separation from Penske?

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11 Responses to “Here’s why Kurt Busch to RPM is a bad idea”

  1. Aichel Says:
    December 14th, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Great piece. Agree with you 100%.

  2. Robert Says:
    December 14th, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Why would anything with Richard Petty’s name on it hire a time bomb that’s will blowup again. I have been a loyal follower of Richard Petty since 1964, hiring Kurt Busch I just can’t understand. Then again money talks and now not like the 60’s & 70’s the sponsor has a great deal to who drives. As i mentioned that I have been a loyal fan of Richard Petty since 1964 and will remain. My only hope is if it happens that its not going to destroy RPM

  3. Darrell Says:
    December 14th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I have been a Richard Petty fan since 1962, and for anyone that has driven for him. But if they take AJ out of the car and put Kurt Bush in, I will never pull for them again!

    I think that AJ is on the verge of breaking out, and held RPM together last year when it was all falling apart. I understand the possible reason why, but how can you sell your sole to the Devil. What has happen to moral and ethics?

  4. Mr. Tony Geinzer Says:
    December 14th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    The King needs to tell his Chums to Cool It,Man and I need to wonder would Maurice or Inman condoned Kurt’s Outbursts?

  5. Chris Fiegler Says:
    December 14th, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Where will AJ Allmendinger will race with if Kurt Busch signs with RPM?

  6. jeff colanino Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 6:56 am

    I hope this never happens,I to have been a follower of petty and his drivers since about 1970.Aj has done a fabulas job in turning this into a front running team.The team and owners should look back at the race that a lap down kurt bush spun out the leader of the race the dinger.that race could have been aj’s

  7. Kenny Powers Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    The King would be better off sticking with The Dinger!
    Dinger is the future. Kurt is the past and a ass.

  8. johnb Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    i don:t see rpm doing this is less it”s sponsor best buy wont return with Aj but well come with”s all about money i hope they keep the dinger he may never win a race but u know what u got with hem the most he did was get a dui a few years back they kept hem thur that now he is driving better so who knows

  9. pete Says:
    December 16th, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    r u guys nuts the only good drivers rpm has had in years is labontie khane and Ambros bush would be a big plus to them

  10. Gregory D. Howe Says:
    December 17th, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Kurt Busch is a Champion, Kurt Busch is motivated to win, Kurt Busch has proven he knows how to achieve his goals. Have the police been called to his home for domestic abuse? Has he been convicted of drunk driving or reckless driving? Have his actions been detrimental to stock car auto racing? No, No, No and No. He is an adult in a sport with other adult participants. The sport is covered by adults who are in the media. Kurt chooses to bare his soul and describe events as he perceives them in the darkest and most hateful way imaginable to other adults, SO WHAT, they are only words! Does he communicate with the fans in this manner? NO! Does he speak with the hundreds of people he meets in his role as a philanthropist? Obviously not. “Actions not words” was written on our school’s folders as a child, and as a child I was told, “Stcks and Stones will break your Bones but Names will never hurt You. This is such a small issue it is easily remedied by taking the steps Kurt has initiated of late. Hire a $%##%%@$%^ Champion and win a few %^&%$#$ races!

  11. Richard Lewis Says:
    December 20th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    In answer to Gregory Howe’s reply. Kurt did not have the police called to his home for domestic abuse because his wife already divorced him this year.

    Kurt deserves at best to go back to the truck series or Nationwide. He is not the kind of person any sponsor or team in their right mind would want to have drive for them. Even the least of the low level teams that are courting Kurt have said that they would not put up with what Kurt did this year.

    Richard Petty will loose a lot of respect in the sport in he jets AJ to make room for Kurt.