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Kurt Busch reborn at Phoenix Racing

But speaking to FoxSport.com after news of the signing this week, Finch was taking a rather different line and promised: "I told Kurt, 'I won't fire you, and you won't quit' ... We'll do whatever it takes."

Busch revealed that he had been talking with several teams including Michael Waltrip Racing, Tommy Baldwin Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports. He confirmed via Twitter that he had been offered a firm deal to drive the RPM #43 car (previously driven by AJ Allmendinger who has moved to Penske to fill Busch's old seat in the #22) before deciding to sign with Phoenix instead.

If Busch really can deliver some race-winning performances for Phoenix, not only will it be a huge breakthrough for the team, but it could also lead to a quick renaissance in Busch's NASCAR fortunes and a return to a championship-winning car in quick order.

One man unlikely to be happy by the news of Busch's signing at Phoenix is David Ragan, who was rumoured to be the team's first choice for their 2012 driver until Busch became available. With seat opportunities rapidly dwindling, Ragan will have to hope that he can take over the #43 car at RPM instead.

Meanwhile Landon Cassill was also having to hit the situations vacant after the news that his former seat had gone to Busch, but he said that the move had come as no surprise. "I kind of saw something like this coming, whether it was David Ragan or Kurt Busch," said Cassill. "James gave me an incredible opportunity last year in my first season in the Cup Series, but there's no guarantees right now in the sport."



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Jim - Unregistered

December 28, 2011 6:32 PM

Both Bush brothers need to go. They will continue to be an embaracement to the sport. Hopefully, NASCAR will come to that conclusion after another embaracing dose of these two in 2012. Not happy about Hendrick Motorsports furnishing Kurt a motor.

fritz - Unregistered

December 25, 2011 3:51 PM

reborn? reborn? it is not responsible to pretend to know whether or not this driver is "reborn". or that he needed reborning. or that his rebirth is warranted, necessary or desireable. or that it matters to the racing. or that ...



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