AUDIO: KURT BUSCH TALKS ABOUT NEW RIDE ON SIRIUS/XM NASCAR RADIO
Kurt Busch will return to the Sprint Cup Series in 2012 after all.
The former Penske Racing driver will take the wheel of the Phoenix Racing Chevrolet next season.
Busch and team owner James Finch reached agreement on a one year deal late Wednesday night.
“I’m very happy to join Phoenix Racing and after entertaining a lot of quality offers, there’s no better place for me,” said Busch. “We’re going to run the full schedule together, and we’re going to have fun doing it.
“It’s going to be old-school racing, where we show up, race hard and go for the win. And if we don’t win, we’ll go back to the shop, work hard and do it all over again next week. That’s the way we all started racing, and it’s great to get back to that.”Finch's team ran Landon Cassill in the ride last season and finished 30th in the final owner standings.
He's looking forward to bringing Busch into the fold and run competitively next season.
“All we want to do is win,” Finch said. “Winning is why I’ve been in racing for as long as I have, but NASCAR is a very competitive sport, and winning – especially at the Sprint Cup level – is hard. But now with Kurt Busch as our driver, we have a shot to win every week. He’s a past champion and he’s proven he can win everywhere. Our sponsors are looking forward to Kurt representing their brands.
“We have excellent equipment and a hard-working group of guys who want that trophy at the end of every race. Kurt’s the guy who can deliver it to them.”The veteran team owner purchases his equipment from Hendrick Motorsports and Busch, who drove a Ford for Roush Fenway Racing and a Dodge during his Penske Racing tenure, will now campaign a Chevrolet.
“James Finch has always had pretty stout cars for the restrictor-plate races and I know we’ll be very competitive at Daytona,” Busch said. “We’ll participate in the test down there in January to get a good handle on our Daytona 500 car, but also to win another Budweiser Shootout.
“Christmas came early for me this year, and I honestly can’t wait for the season to begin.”
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