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Kurt Busch gets to continue having fun with Phoenix Racing

By admin | June 12, 2012

By Richard Allen

After his separation from Penske Racing at the end of the 2011 season Kurt Busch agreed to drive for owner James Finch and his Phoenix Racing team. The embattled driver declared that this was going to be a season of fun and one in which he would look to repair his damaged image.

As it has turned out, this season has provided very little fun. A number of wrecked race cars along with frequent outbursts toward his team, his competitors and even a media member ultimately resulted in Busch being fined and suspended from last weekend’s Sprint Cup race in Pocono. Upon the announcement of his driver’s suspension, Finch stated that there would be a “Come to Jesus” meeting between the two sides to determine their future relationship.

On Tuesday afternoon, Phoenix Racing released a statement indicating that Busch is indeed still the team’s driver. “We have met with Kurt,” Finch said. “At the end of the day, we are racers so we’re going racing together with Kurt and the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet. We know adjustments have to be made but how we fix that is between Kurt and myself. We’re going to go to the track, work hard, race hard and work on trying to attract a sponsor… and we’re going to do that together.”

Busch has scored only one top-10 finish in his thirteen starts this season, that being a 9th place run in Fontana, California. The 2004 NASCAR champion has seven finishes outside the top-20 and he ranks 26th in the Sprint Cup standings.

Busch is one of the most talented drivers in NASCAR. Unfortunately his lack of self control has landed him in the position he currently holds. Some argue that he brings a degree of personality lacking in today’s NASCAR and that he is merely being picked on by NASCAR, the media and most fans.

I have no disagreement with the assertion that the sport’s top stars lack personality. But I would also say that there is a big difference between having personality and being vulgar. Busch has crossed that line and his on air statement after he crashed out of the ‘Prelude to the Dream’ is proof of that.

After winning a major dirt late model race in Wisconsin a couple of years ago, driver Scott Bloomquist got out of his car, looked toward a group of fans who were booing him and said, “I hope you all appreciated that ass kicking.” That’s personality. Talk of kicking the ___ out of a reporter who asks a follow up question to a statement already made by the driver himself and saying the words premature ____(well, you know) is just vulgar.

What Kurt Busch needs to do over the second half of the season is take his own advice and have fun. This talented driver needs to do what he does best, which is drive a race car, and stop trying so hard to be a bad boy.

Come on, Kurt. Have some fun!

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7 Responses to “Kurt Busch gets to continue having fun with Phoenix Racing”

  1. Tony Geinzer Says:
    June 12th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I would like to say Finch’s continued employment of Kurt Busch is a Mistake.

  2. zhills fan Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Busch has a mental problem that needs to be addressed before it’s too late. Sorry for him really but until he admits his problem and addresses it he won’t change and then he will be on the outside looking in. You can bet the media will be watching closely and won’t hesitate to jump on any story they can find.

  3. brett Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Man I like Kurt. Hes fun to watch. But that 33 is riding this weekend with Austin Dillon…….long live the skoal bandit!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Offkilter Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I honestly believed that kurt’s ride hinged on reutimann’s performance in pocono.

  5. Josie Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Ha! Rich Rich Rich! You’ve got to be kidding me! You’re a big boy and you can’t even put in writing the word ejaculation … but you can write ass all day long? As far as I know neither word is on George Carlin’s list of 7 words you can never say on TV! I laughed my ass off when I heard Kurt’s description of his non start at the Prelude! Finch has made a pact with Busch..obviously you believe he’s made a pact with the devil! I have followed NASCAR for 30 years, I am not a trailer living, tobacco chewing, tattooed, cussing redneck but a 61 year old, upper income, well educated, grandmother. I have no qualms letting my 4 1/2 year old grandson watch and follow the drivers..including Kurt and Kyle…and it has given him many great life lessons. As for him hearing the words “ass” and “ejaculation”…so far I don’t see any long term damaging effects …but I’ll keep watching!

  6. Melodie Carleton Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Kurt did not respect James Finch and his team enough to hold up his end of the bargain…and I do not believe that in one week he has “fixed” whatever it is that drives him to such arrogant behavior. It is just plain sad to see a person self destruct. It would be a wonderful story to read if he does manage to make the changes needed to go through life without slamming his head against the wall, time and again.

  7. Webb Racing 97 Says:
    June 13th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I cannot wait intil Busch pulls off a win thus year!