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Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

Posted on: December 13, 2011 3:44 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 5:38 pm
By Pete Pistone

UPDATED - 12/13/2011

Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's
 "Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody" has learned that in an effort to retain sponsor Best Buy, Richard Petty Motorsports has proposed replacing AJ Allmendinger as driver of the legendary #43 Ford with Kurt Busch.

RPM struggled to re-sign Best Buy a year ago, negotiating until early January before inking a one-year contract. The electronics retailer served as major sponsor of the #43 team in 26 events this season.

Richard Petty Motorsports Chief Operating Officer Robbie Loomis confirmed today that discussions regarding Busch have been held, saying, "Best Buy has been a great partner for a long time, and AJ Allmendinger has done a fantastic job for us. He's coming off his best season yet, but I can tell you there is a lot of interest on our part in having Kurt Busch in the fold. It makes sense to have Kurt with our team, if we can make it work.

"Our main focus is to continue building on what we finished the season with last year," said Loomis. "But right now, I feel like I'm running down two different sets of train tracks. From a personal standpoint, nothing has excited me more than when I heard Kurt had become available. I'm excited about the opportunity to add a driver like Kurt Busch to Richard Petty Motorsports. I would mortgage my house to make Kurt a part of this team. We value what he has done on the race track. He has won a (Sprint Cup) championship and worked for a first-class operation like Penske Racing. Guys like that don't come along every day." 

RPM did not release an official statement on the speculation that either Allmendinger had been released or if Best Buy was ready to remain with the team for 2012. The possibility of adding Busch as a third entry has also been discussed but contingent on finding additional sponsorship.

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Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 4:06 pm

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

Sponsors picking the drivers has got to be one of the biggest formulas for failure. They are in it to make money, of course, but making money doesn't always translate into winning races and that's a big problem for teams. Look at the 88 car. I am not a fan of Junior, I do like the guy though. But when is the last time he won a race?

Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 8:28 am

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch is a great driver, sorry that he forgot that you Can't swear in Nascar

What a bunch of crap

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:37 pm

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

  Richard Petty has really gone down the tubes. Remember when he wouldn't compete in the Bud Shootout because the sponsor was alcohol. Now he will take a piece of trash in Kurt Busch as a driver. What a hypocrit.

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:36 am

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

May be a winner but has to be the most disrespectful, self centered driver out there. Know it's bad when Mr Penske let's him go so he can keep his sponsor on the 22.  Says everything, true leadership the reason team Penske is on top. an RPM is not!

Since: Dec 14, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:27 am

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

AJ is as good a driver as there is out there with the same equipment. AJ has had a few stumbles but the team has hurt him more than he has. He would of won the Watkins Glen if Kurt Busch could of kept his cool and not punted AJ off the track while the Dinger was leading, I firgured it would come down to AJ and Marcos battling it out for first. And for what reason would anyone want a spoiled rotten, potty mouth, disrespectful, clueless knothead like Kurt in their car I'm not sure (he might have won a couple races but his attitude would run sponsors off). If Kurt gets AJ's team which is not the same caliber team that Kurt had a Penske, Kurt would cuss everyone including the King every race as many times as they screwed AJ over last couple of years. If Best Buy wants more Airtime, they should get on to the TV networks and threaten to shorten their commercials on Nascar if the networks still won't talk about the Dinger in the Best Buy 43, AJ kept the car in the lime light but gets no Love or respect from the network. if I were Best Buy, me and the networks would have a few chioce words. But if that's how they feel, that's cool. Glad to know before I bought from Best Buy for Christmas. No Sponsorship, Not Buying for them. make up your mind Best Buy, Christmas is here and I'm not buying from a company that backs out on my Man! No way will I ever buy anything from Best Buy if they sponsor Kurt Busch, didn't buy Miller, no Pennzoil, guess Best Buy makes the list next. Nascar Fan and support Nascar sponsors (except for disrespectful drivers) and the "Dinger". And only one question for team Petty,  HAVE YOU LOST YOUR FREAKING MIND?  LOOMIS, YOUR GOING TO SINK THE COMPANY WITH IDEALS LIKE THIS!

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2011 10:17 am

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch is a winner.

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 14, 2011 5:59 am

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

Nice guys really do finish last, especially in NASCAR. AJ had a great year for Petty, but it looks like he is going to get screwed just like he did at Red Bull. Why the King or a major sponsor like Best Buy would want anything to do with a jerk like Kurt Busch is beyond me. I was looking forward to seeing him in a start and park ride for a year while he learned some humility.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2011 11:29 pm

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

Wow!  I like AJ and I am not really of fan of Kurt because of how he treats people when things are going less than well.  However, no one can survive in racing without sponsorship.  If the only way for Petty to keep the sponsorship is by replacing AJ with Kurt then they really have no choice.  After all, the bottom line is that while AJ has yet to win, Kurt is a proven winner and sponsors want their hoods to be seen and talked about on TV.

With that said I would like to see them keep AJ.  However, it also needs to be said that if they do keep him for 2012 then he is going to have to win races in 2012.  Drivers can't be 0-fers and stay with same team forever anymore.  Marcus won in his first year with the 9 team.  And before anyone wants to blame the team for AJ not winning, just look compare it to the 49ers.  Jim Harbaugh has the same roster that Mike Singletary had the season before and look what he has done with them.  And look at how Petty Enterprises improved with Bobby Labonte the year after they had Jeff Green.  A proven, winning, championship driver like Kurt Busch can do the same thing with the current 43 team if he can channel his emotions into positive energy.  Good luck and Godspeed with whatever route they choose for RPM.

Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: December 13, 2011 8:20 pm

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

I like the idea of trying to put a proven driver in the #43, but I must admit I'd be leary of ever putting Kurt or Kyle Busch behind the wheel of anything simply based on how these two act on the radios every weekend. I never heard two bigger crybabies than these two. I couldn't imagine having to deal with either Busch brother on a daily basis. I think Allmendinger can get the job done myself. I'm a diehard Petty #43 fan since the mid 1970's and I must say that all year long AJ's pit crew killed him in the pits and he definitely was lacking in the crew chief department. Greg Irwin was let go by Roush for a reason and he cetainly didn't add anything to AJ'S performance in the second half that they weren't already doing (top 15-20 average finishes). If I was Richard Petty I would have gotten a better crew and Steve Addington or Darian Grubb this off-season to help put Allmendinger into victory lane in 2012. I sure hope AJ is not getting the boot from Richard Petty motorsports. He's the first driver to drive the #43 that I actually like since Richard Petty retired and that's been 20 years now !!

And if BEST BUY wants better tv exposure in NASCAR perhaps they push for a better and brighter paint scheme on the racee car so you can actually see it and recongnize it !! Had a hard time all year spotting that car on tv. Bring back STP with the petty blue and dayglow orange !!!

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 13, 2011 6:55 pm

Report: Petty team considering Kurt Busch

Not too sure... They are saying they can not get their sponsor to committ to AJ. I hope they Keep him 

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