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Petty says sponsor didn't want Kurt Busch

Posted on: January 12, 2012 4:39 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 5:17 pm
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By Pete Pistone

Richard Petty Motorsports was interested in the possibility of adding Kurt Busch to its stable to take the reigns of the No. 43 Ford as a replacement for A.J. Allmendinger.

But ultimately it was the team's sponsor who nixed the deal.

Team owner Richard Petty said Smithfield Foods, who signed on to back new driver Aric Almirola for fifteen races this season, wasn't interested in associating the company with Busch at the time.

"Nobody at that time, [they] didn’t want to pay the bill for him,” Petty said. “That’s just how simple it was. Everybody has got to protect their brand. Smithfield has a pretty good, laid-back, down-home persona with the general public. Taking him on, it could change.

“They just didn’t like the personality. … About everybody we talked to, they said, ‘Maybe in six months or a year.’”

Smithfield, who will co-sponsor the iconic 43 with the Air Force this coming season, did like Almirola and was pleased the former Nationwide and truck series driver wound up in the seat.

Almirola's stint for the team in 2010 when he finished the year for Kasey Kahne left a lasting impression on the Petty organization.

“Everybody was impressed with what he did, how he’d done it, how he got along with the crew and how he communicated back to let them know what’s going on with the car,” Petty said.

 
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Comments

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:56 am
 

Petty says sponsor didn't want Kurt Busch

Richard, your new car driver will not win a thing. Good luck keeping your sponsors. Did best buy leave because Kurt busch? No! because your not winning.  




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 3:04 am
 

Petty says sponsor didn't want Kurt Busch


  Kurt Busch needs additional training from Jimmy Spencer. 



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: January 14, 2012 8:28 am
 

Petty says sponsor didn't want Kurt Busch

manic..........whaaaaaaaa???????



Since: Nov 8, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:52 pm
 

Petty says sponsor didn't want Kurt Busch

Good For Smithfield! Great to see some people have standards and will not pay for these spoiled idiots to
represent there brand. Now M&M'S will learn there lesson later this year. Busch brothers are both idiots.



Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:12 pm
 

Petty says sponsor didn't want Kurt Busch

Dumb post. Just dumb!



Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:31 pm
 

Petty says sponsor didn't want Kurt Busch

Just when you want to give the busch (bush league) bros the benifit of the doubt they end up blowing it all up! I was begining to think that maybe thier attitudes and temper was finally under control they self destruct. Just when you think you thunk it all you realize what you think you thunk isn't what you think it was that you thunk.



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