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Reports suggest Busch may oust Allmendinger

Reports late on Tuesday indicated that Kurt Busch may be in line for the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports car currently driven by AJ Allmendinger.
Speculation over the future of Kurt Busch, who parted company with Penske Racing at the start of the month, has linked him to a seat at Richard Petty Motorsports - at the expense of incumbent driver AJ Allmendinger.

The Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody programme on the Sirius XM NASCAR Radio digital station in the US reported that team boss Richard Petty had made the proposal to sign free agent Busch in order to attempt to persuade corporate sponsor Best Buy to re-sign with the team.

"I can tell you there is a lot of interest on our part in having Kurt Busch in the fold," conceded RPM Chief Operating Officer Robbie Loomis. "It makes sense to have Kurt with our team, if we can make it work."

Admitting that "nothing has excited me more than when I heard Kurt had become available," Loomis added: "I would mortgage my house to make Kurt a part of this team."

There is further speculation that RPM may attempt to expand to a three-car line-up in 2012 to accommodate adding Busch and avoid having to release Allmendinger, who just had his best season at Cup level to date, but this would depend on not only Best Buy staying with the team but additional sponsors coming on board.

There was no official statement from RPM on the speculation.



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gary kester - Unregistered

December 15, 2011 4:43 AM

With due respect to Richard Petty"are you CRAZY?!'. Have you not seen how T.O. and OchoSTINKO have screwed up every team they have played for? The busch is no different. I believe in second chances but this jerk has shown absolutely no remorse for any thing that he did this past year.

oscar lienau - Unregistered

December 15, 2011 4:29 AM

I have been a Richard Petty fan for over 40 years. I know that they need to do the best thing for the team, but replacing AJ with Kurt, in my opinion is wrong. Of course what ever is done, I will still be a Richard Petty fan, but backing AJ where every he may be.



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