In the past, Kurt Busch made headlines which the media jumped on as the focus was far more negative than positive. However the change in the older of the two Busch brothers has been noticeable but yet does not draw the top headlines. Even in the Charlotte Media Tour, Busch takes a backseat. Yet he is very happy with his new ride and his future.
Will his new ride with Barney Visser‘s Furniture Row Racing (FRR) be the answer for the Las Vegas native? His fans hope that is the case as they and he both want to see him regain the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
In the final six races of 2012, Busch appeared to have found a new lease on life. Meshing well with the Colorado-based FRR team, and crew chief Todd Barrier, he was consistent. While that word seems mundane, one cannot win a race without consistency and speed.
Not only was he getting back his edge as a top driver, but he was not playing bumper-cars with other drivers. In fact he looked like the old Busch of 2004 when he earned the Sprint Cup. While he made the cut in 2010 for the final championship chase, no one really placed their bets on his earning his second crown. He did not.
Starting a new chapter in anyone’s life is never easy but if Busch continues to work with the team, keep his temper in check, and focus on his goal each week, perhaps we will see a not so brash kid in the future but instead a man of maturity who is ready to reach for the gold again.
After testing the new car at Daytona and Charlotte, Busch commented: “With everything new, it makes it exciting. This is a package that teams, drivers and fans have created a buzz about. This is probably the car we should have had six years ago – a futuristic car that looks neat and has brand recognition. This is a car where you win on Sunday and sell on Monday.”
“It is great to do this charitable works and see the outcome,” he said. “We are fighting a battle for the troops, and it is great to find unique situations to help other people.”
While his past actions will easily come to the minds of many, and there will be the naysayers and those who wish to toss reminders in his face, one needs to remember the old saying: the past is yesterday’s news. I for one believes that Kurt Busch deserves to begin a new chapter in his life and career.