When Penske Racing announced they would be washing their hands of Kurt Busch, NASCAR fans all around the country asked Who will fill the void? Penske has some wonderful drivers in their stable and has fantastic future with Brad Keselowski, who is just beginning to hit his stride.
All eyes should be on David Ragan, the currently seat-less driver out of Roush-Fenway Racing. While he didn’t have a Chase year, he did capture two Coors Light Pole Awards and a win at Daytona International Speedway isn’t bad considering he was always treated like the red-headed step child at RFR.
Another David being considered as a replacement for the No. 22 Dodge is David Reutimann. Something about him blends in too much on the track. In my opinion, nothing screams “I can win at this!” Ragan over the 2011 season caught my eye.
It was possible the drama of ending his time with Roush-Fenway Racing drew it to him more, but he seemed to have something over Reutimann, and even at times a certain spark even Busch lacked.
Another driver looking for employment is Brian Vickers. He has made the Chase and has one more career win than Ragan. Add to that, he has won a championship in the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series, what is now the Nationwide Series.
None of the drivers looking for a seat for the 2012 season are half as cantankerous as Kurt Busch and would probably bring an air of thankfulness to the No. 22 team.
One thing is for sure with Kurt Busch gone, Penske Racing can step away from the unneeded drama and back into forming a solid stable for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Penske has a tough decision ahead of him.