One week after expressing doubt that they would continue working together during the 2012 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season, James Finch announced yesterday that his Phoenix Racing team would welcome Kurt Busch back to the seat of the Phoenix Racing #51 Chevrolet.
Busch missed last weekend’s event in Pocono to serve a one-race NASCAR-imposed suspension, a suspension that was levied after Busch verbally attacked a reporter – which violated the terms of the probation that he had been on for an earlier altercation with Ryan Newman.
David Reutimann piloted the Phoenix Racing machine to a 21st-place finish in relief of Busch last weekend at Pocono. Finch went to Twitter yesterday to announce that despite his misgivings about Busch’s behavior, he was bringing the mercurial driver back.
“We have met with Kurt. At the end of the day, we are racers so we're going racing with Kurt and the #51 Phoenix Chevrolet,” Finch reported. “We know adjustments have to be made but how we fix that is between Kurt and myself. We're going to go to the track, work hard, race hard and work on trying to attract a sponsor - and we're going to do that together.”
The team has earned just one top-10 finish in his 13 starts this season, that being a ninth-place run at California Speedway. The 2004 series champion has seven finishes outside the top-20 and he ranks 26th in the Sprint Cup standings.