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Phoenix Racing signs Kurt Busch

Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: December 22, 2011 5:41 pm
By Pete Pistone


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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Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:53 pm

Phoenix Racing signs Kurt Busch

The only races they will be competitive in are the restrictor plate events. That team is stretched dollar wise to run up front otherwise. Busch saying he entertained many solid offers before agreeing to take over this ride proves what an idiot he is. About the only other 'solid' ride out there was the #43 car and I can pretty much assure you, as long as 'The King' has anything to do with that team, Busch wouldn't even be allowed near their hauler!

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 11:41 pm

Phoenix Racing signs Kurt Busch

Kurt will win races nomatter what car he is in. All you kurt haters are probably Jr. fans , whom has had elite equiptment and done nothing. Just because you had a man crush on dale Sr. doesnt transfer to automatically lovin jr. why that punk is nascars most popular driver can only be rationalized by this reasoning, he surely doesnt do a darn thing on the track. its gonna be hilarious when gibbs gets rid of that loser logano and brothers bash go after all the soft nascar politician drivers.

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 6:17 pm

Phoenix Racing signs Kurt Busch

busch is lucky to have someone pick him up i hope he takes this fiasco he created as "lesson learned"

Since: Dec 24, 2011
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:45 pm
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Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:39 pm

Phoenix Racing signs Kurt Busch

And they are athletes, haven't you seen how big the hands are on nascar drivers?  

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:37 pm

Phoenix Racing signs Kurt Busch

Dont forget the NFL too rvsquared.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:35 pm


Future headline: Phoenix Racing goes bankrupt after road rage driver wrecks every car in fleet.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:33 pm

Character like the NBA

It's nice to see that character and attitude are just as unimportant to NASCAR as the NBA. Sigh... I haven't watched a NASCAR event on TV in 4 years (maybe longer, can't really remember when they started asserting these yokels were "athletes") and I won't be for 2012 either. --- Turn left here... turn left here... turn left here....

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:23 pm

Phoenix Racing signs Kurt Busch

This is hilarious. The biggest whiner in racing is trying to put a positive spin on not being able to find a ride with a major player. Last year he cried that if he had the backing that Johnson and Gordon versus Penske's he would win all the time. Now he has taken ten steps backwards. Can't see him winning a single race with this team. Oh how the high and mighty have fallen. Good things happen to good people, hows that working out for you Kurtie?

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 11:43 am

Phoenix Racing signs Kurt Busch

@imcapeman. I was being kind about the above average driver. I dont want to start a war about how good a driver he is. Jr is good for business. Thats all!  And he has a hot girlfriend! NICE!!!!

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