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Will Kurt Busch begin his Furniture Row tenure on suspension?

By admin | October 7, 2012

By Richard Allen

Kurt Busch ended his time as the driver for Phoenix Racing as only Kurt Busch could have. While leading a large pack of cars during Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Talladega, the #51 machine sputtered and was subsequently run over and forced into the inside retaining wall.

“I’m out of fuel and I got wrecked,” Busch said over his team radio immediately following the incident. “Why am I out of gas, guys?”

After a momentary period of silence over the radio, Busch declared to crew chief Nick Harrison, “You better ask ‘em if they got it full of gas(on the last pit stop).”

From there, the story got more bizarre. Busch climbed from his battered race car as safety crew workers arrived. But after seeing that the damage was not as severe as he originally thought, the driver got back in the car and sped away. Trouble was, those safety workers had already begun the work of checking on driver and car.

As Busch peeled away from the scene, a medical bag had already been placed on top of the car. That bag was carried for some distance down the track before falling onto the pavement. And to add further complications, if not comedy, Busch was not wearing a helmet at the time which prevented him from hearing his spotter repeatedly tell him that officials wanted him to stop immediately.

NASCAR was clearly not amused. “Let the crew chief of the 51 car know that his car has been parked,” race director David Hoots instructed one of his officials.

After a visit to the infield care center, Busch talked with a large contingent of reporters in the garage area. “This is the way my life works,” he stated as he looked at those gathered around him. “Today is a perfect example. I am leading, I wreck, I run out of gas, I’m still that competitive guy that tried to get back in the race and now NASCAR is yelling at me because I don’t have my helmet on and I’m trying to get it to the garage so the guys can work on it.”Now I’m in trouble, now I have this little storm right here,” he went on. “This is my life. I’m not complaining because I put myself in a lot of these situations, but it’s on to good things now… moving forward. I got all the bad luck out of the way. This year has been a great year to test me in every way.”Next week, Busch is slated to make his debut in the Furniture Row Racing car #78. However, one has to wonder if NASCAR is ready to declare this incident over. The sanctioning body has a history of taking action against drivers who openly disobey or try to show them up. The likes of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch can attest to that.

Busch himself has experienced the wrath of the powers that be. Earlier this year he was benched for one week after issuing a verbal threat to reporter Bob Pockrass in Dover. That came on the heels of a pit road incident in Darlington that had sparked a post-race altercation between his team and that of Ryan Newman.

Could it be that Kurt Busch will begin his tenure with Furniture Row on suspension? We will likely find out very soon.

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12 Responses to “Will Kurt Busch begin his Furniture Row tenure on suspension?”

  1. Tony Geinzer Says:
    October 7th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I feel Furniture Row will lose a lot of customers because of hiring Kurt Busch. I also feel that that if I was Finch, I would bypass Dinger and try to settle for a Bobby LaBonte, Regan Smith,David Ragan,David Reutimann, or even go for a Raw Rookie like a Kelly Bires.

  2. Sue Rarick Says:
    October 7th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    When a PINK car wins a Nascar race………………

    Nascar can do whatever they want. They basically have moved to slightly less important than the WWE. I’ll stick to my short tracks.

  3. Russ Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Winning!!! (apologies to Charlie Sheen)

  4. Bill B Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 11:31 am

    “This year has been a great year to test me in every way.”

    I think Kurt forgot the end of that sentence…

    “And I have failed miserably at every opportunity”.

    I hope he does get a one week suspension, even though I am not sure it’s deserving of one (although he is on probation). This would let Furniture Row know exactly what they can expect and that just because someone is talented (Terrel Owens, Chad Johnson, Randy Moss) doesn’t mean they are good for the team.

  5. Benjamin P. Glaser Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Anyone here think there is a chance Kurt never races for Furniture Row?

  6. The Mad Man Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I hope Furniture Row plans to buy a lot of cars from RCR during the off season. They’ll need them.

  7. djones Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Dang it Bill B, quit writing what I want to say. I agree with you again. LOL

    Furniture Row Racing getting karmalized already for getting rid of R Smith for Kurt Busch. Serves them right for their stupid decision.

  8. Russ Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    BTW: He “ran out of gas” wrecks, then jumps back into the car, cranks it up and drives back to the pits?

    When my car runs out of gas its out of gas. What am I missing here?

  9. Chris Fiegler Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Do you think that Kurt Busch shuold be Banned from NASCAR for Life?

  10. offkilter Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    What a dumba$$…..

  11. Pottair Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Kurt Busch is allowed to race while under the influence of a blind rage and the most he gets from NASCAR is parked and probation. And we’ve seen the sport enable this behavior for years now.

    AJ Allmendinger tests positive once for a a drug he took days before a race and they yank him out of the car and make him take counseling. He may never race again.

    Yet Kurt has yet another ride waiting for him after once again driving under the influence of his own stupidity totally thumbing his nose at probation and showing zero respect for the safety crews.

    Stupidity at it’s finest.

  12. RacingFan Says:
    October 8th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Furniture Row probably was encouraged by Richard Childress to sign Kurt. Richard’s headlock on Kyle seems to have make quite a difference in Kyle’s behavior, notwithstanding this last weekend’s radio rant. Richard probably feels he can have the same results with Kurt.

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