By Jason Schultz
After Kurt Busch was suspended from all NASCAR action last week, he met with Phoenix Racing owner, James Finch today. Going into the meeting, no one was sure of what would come out of it. After the meeting, it was decided Busch would stay driving the No.51. Finch was clear that if anything like this were to happen again, Busch would be out of a ride at Phoenix Racing. Kurt was originally suspended from all NASCAR action last weekend after he verbally abused NASCAR reporter Bob Pockrass, following the Nationwide race at Dover. Busch is still on probation until December 31st, 2012. Below is a statement released by James Finch.
“We have met with Kurt. At the end of the day, we are racers so we’re going racing together with Kurt and the No.51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet. We know adjustments have to be made but how we fix that is between Kurt and myself. We’re going to go to the track, work hard, race hard and work on trying to attract a sponsor – and we’re going to do that together.”
Finch didn’t release too much info on the meeting but his point is clear. Sponsors will be hard to come by for Kurt and Finch because Kurt no longer is considered as a past-champion but now a “past his prime” driver with some anger issues. If Kurt truly wants to turn his career around and become competitive again he’ll need to learn to shut his mouth and not comment on anything he doesn’t need to. Also he can’t keep making small situations into huge arguments. Kurt needs to learn that he can’t keep costing Finch a ton of money because Finch is on a budget and he can’t spend his money on things that are not worth it. Busch will race at Michigan this week and this could be the first race for a new Kurt Busch.