Guest Author - Debra Lamb
Kurt Busch has been given the green light for continuing his NASCAR career with Phoenix Racing after a meeting with team owner James Finch on Tuesday.
The meeting came after Busch was suspended for the Pocono race. His suspension was due to an incident following the Dover race in which he berated a reporter. Kurt’s NASCAR probation is going to last through the end of the year.
During an interview with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Finch said that he was getting tired of Busch’s antics. In just this season, Busch has wrecked 14 cars. Four of them could not be repaired. To address the situation, Finch wanted to have a “come-to-Jesus” meeting with Busch.
Finch said he was going to tell him that he had to “quit wrecking the cars, get a good finish, be nice to people.”
Kurt last missed a Cup race at the end of the 2005 season after he was let go by Roush Fenway Racing, before the last two races.
After their meeting, they both reached an agreement that they will have to be racers, make adjustments and amendments between Finch and Busch. They will go to each track and race hard, work hard and try to attract a sponsor.
Right now, sponsors are not eager to attach their name to Kurt Busch. Most would not touch him with a 10-foot pole because of his temper and unruly tactics.
Teammate David Reutimann substituted for Busch at Pocono last weekend, earning a 21st place finish. Busch will race again at the Quicken Loans 400 with a rank of 27th in points at the Michigan International Speedway.
Busch has turned down requests for interviews after his last episode with a reporter from Sporting News.
It has been suggested that Kyle Busch should distance himself from the media. Many think Busch is extremely talented, but that he also has to figure out how to control his temper and emotions.
By walking away from reporters before his emotions get the better of him, Busch will avoid these types of confrontations in the future, which could land him in worse trouble than simple probation. Reporters are still going to write about drivers, whether they put on a show or walk away.