Kurt Busch keeps ride with Phoenix Racing

Kurt Busch will return to Phoenix Racing when his one-week

NASCAR suspension ends Wednesday.

Busch met Tuesday with team owner James Finch, and the duo

agreed to move forward to this weekend’s race at Michigan

International Speedway.

”At the end of the day, we are racers so we’re going racing

together with Kurt and the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet,” Finch

said in a statement.

”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’s status with Finch seemed shaky following his one-week

suspension for verbally abusing a media member. Finch indicated in

several interviews his patience was being tested by the 2004 NASCAR


Busch landed with Phoenix Racing in December after parting ways

from Penske Racing because of a series of incidents mainly related

to Busch’s temper. In signing to drive for the underfunded Finch,

Busch said he hoped to ”put the fun back in racing” this season

while trying to rebuild his image.

His goal has always been to move back into a top-tier ride, and

many believed he was a strong candidate for Joey Logano’s seat at

Joe Gibbs Racing. Logano won Sunday’s race at Pocono while Busch

was serving his suspension.

Busch has said nothing publicly in more than a week. He released

a statement accepting his suspension, which was levied after he

angrily replied to a question from a reporter for The Sporting


Busch was already on probation from an incident at Darlington in

May – he was also fined $50,000 for reckless driving on pit road –

and NASCAR decided his treatment to the reporter was in violation

of his probation.

After he was suspended, Finch seemed to distance himself from

the driver until Tuesday’s meeting.