Kurt Busch Headed to Phoenix Racing

Kurt Busch, driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, leans over next to his car in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. According to reports December 5, 2011, Busch will leave Penske Racing after a mutual split. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kurt Busch has reportedly found himself a ride for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series campaign.  According to NASCAR.com, the 2004 Sprint Cup Champ has reportedly signed on with Phoenix Racing to drive the #51 chevy.  The deal is reportedly for 1-year.

Earlier this month, Busch and Penske Racing reached a mutual split after he went on a tirade towards ESPN reporter Dr. Jerry Punch.  The incident was captured on video by a fan, and went viral on YouTube.

“Christmas came early for me, and it was nice that we were able to sit down [Wednesday] night, have a beer and then have a handshake deal at the end of it,” Busch said. “James Finch is exactly what I’m looking for, as far as getting back into the race car to have fun.”

I can understand why Kurt Busch wanted to go to Phoenix Racing, but at the same time, if I were in Busch’ shoes, I would have taken the offer at Richard Petty Motorsports.  Just like the Allmendinger/Penske Racing partnership, its going to be interesting to see how Kurt Busch performs during the 2012 season.

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