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
”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.