NASCAR »

Press Snoop: Busch brouhaha brewing.

Phoenix International Raceway located in the Desert area had beautiful fall weather Sunday for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Checker Auto Parts 500 Race. The skies were sunny and clear, and there is an autumn nip in the air. Race fans were everywhere.

The big topic this morning is the Busch Brouhaha, referring to the KURT BUSCH run in with the local constabulary - he was picked up for suspected Driving Under Influence when alcohol was smelled on his breath. The breath analyser at the PIR Maricopa County Sheriff Substation 'failed' and without the corroborating evidence, Busch was issued a criminal traffic citation for reckless driving and told to return to Tolleson Court on 22 December 2005.

GEOFF SMITH, VP of Roush Racing, said he started getting calls Saturday night at dinner, at which point it was too late on the East Coast to reach sponsors and necessary people.

Sunday morning at the track the No.97 Irwin Tools Ford, with major sponsorship from Crown Royal, was just sitting in the garage, crew standing around, and war wagon covered up.

At that point, the only activity around the car was a long chat JACK ROUSH was having with DANICA PATRICK and her entourage, which included her parents. Danica thought it might be fun to toy with the media by getting into the car, but it didn't happen.

Smith said a decision would be reached soon and announced as to whether Busch would drive or not, and if not, who would be the replacement driver.

Smith said the driver would have to fit the seat, customised for the slender, slight build of Busch. The name TODD KLUEVER was mentioned, one of the Roush drivers in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck program. He races the No.50 Shell Rotella Ford, and finished fourteenth in Friday night's race, the top Rookie. Kluever is leading the Rookie Championship standings and is tenth overall in the standings, among 90 drivers. Kluever came to Roush Racing as the winner of the Race for Roush programme, which is known as The Gong Show. Next year Kluever will race for Roush in the NASCAR Busch Series.

Midmorning it appeared that the driver in No.97 would be KENNY WALLACE, who was in the car and running around fitting his HANS device. The crew was working on the car and it appeared things were moving forward.

Kenny Wallace is a regular in the Busch Series, and is currently sixth overall in the standings, 799 points out of first place. He started twentieth Saturday afternoon in the Busch Series Arizona 200 Race Presented by I Walk The Line, and finished fourteenth, on the lead lap.

Stay tuned!



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
2/10/05 Daytona Beach, FL
2004 Nextel Cup Champion Kurt Busch specks to the press during the annual Media Day at Daytona International Speedway.
Photo Credit: Autostock
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series #00 Aarons Chevrolet driver Kenny Wallace at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL-2/20/05 ©Dorsey Patrick
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John’s/Budweiser Chevrolet SS qualifies in second position Friday, February 27, 2015 for a front row position start in Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS qualifies in third position Friday, February 27, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #4 Energizer Chevrolet SS qualifies in sixth position Friday, February 27, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS qualifies in seventh position Friday, February 27, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Team XTREME Racing #44 entry - driven in the Daytona 500 by Reed Sorenson (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Vice President of Innovation and Racing Development, speaks to members of the media after a testing session at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2015 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Regan Smith, interim driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS finishes in sixteenth place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finishes in fifth place, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS finishes in 33rd place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Gordon, who led for 87 laps,  was involved in a multi-car incident on the last lap. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS races to a third place finish with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS who finishes in fifth place in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Alan Marler for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS pulls into his pit on his way to a second place finish in the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 22, 2015 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by HHP/Harold Hinson for Chevy Racing)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, and Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, race three-wide during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Chris Buescher, driver of the #60 Kellogg/Cheez-It Ford, races Brad Keselowski, driver of the #22 Discount Tire Ford, Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 ENEOS Chevrolet, and Ryan Reed, driver of the #16 Lilly/American Diabetes Association Ford, during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Erik Jones, driver of the #20 GameStop/Rock Candy Toyota, Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #6 Ford EcoBoost Ford, and Landon Cassill, driver of the #01 Flex Seal Chevrolet, race three-wide during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 21, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin in the #11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at Daytona. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Racing during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway on February 20, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 18, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.