Champion Busch to switch from Roush to Penske

Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch and team Roush Racing announced today that Busch will exit the No. 97 Ford in 2007. Busch has signed to drive for another team. Busch has requested from Roush Racing that he be allowed to be...

Reigning NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Kurt Busch and team Roush Racing announced today that Busch will exit the No. 97 Ford in 2007. Busch has signed to drive for another team.

Busch has requested from Roush Racing that he be allowed to be released from his contractual obligations in 2006. Busch has been with Roush Racing since 2000 where he earned four wins in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and won Rookie of the Years honors.

He moved directly to the Cup series from there where he finished second in Rookie honors in 2001. Busch's breakout year came in 2002 when he scored his first Cup victory at Bristol and went on to win three more events that season.

Busch went on to earn another four wins in 2003 before earning the first Chase for the Championship/Nextel Cup in 2004.

All-in-all, Busch has recorded 13 wins with the Roush Organization.

Penske Racing South announced Tuesday afternoon that Busch has been signed to drive the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge commencing with the 2007 season. Rusty Wallace is set to retire at the end of this year which would leave the seat open for one season if Busch does not gain his early release from Roush Racing.

The announcement came as a bit of a shock to insiders. Busch has 11 top-10 finishes with the No. 97 team this season and sits fifth in championship standings.

Neither Busch nor team owner Jack Roush have commented at this time.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Jack Roush
Teams Team Penske