Published on December 13th, 2011 | by Michael J Smith3
Richard Petty Motorsports Considering Kurt Busch?
Jayski is reporting via Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway that Richard Petty Motorsports is considering replacing AJ Allmendinger with newly available Kurt Busch in an effort to retain sponsor Best Buy.
RPM Chief Operating Officer Robbie Loomis confirmed that discussions were taking place about Busch. Loomis said:
Best Buy has been a great partner for a long time, and AJ Allmendinger has done a fantastic job for us. He’s coming off his best season yet, but I can tell you there is a lot of interest on our part in having Kurt Busch in the fold. It makes sense to have Kurt with our team, if we can make it work. Our main focus is to continue building on what we finished the season with last year.
Busch parted ways with Penske Racing after a tumultuous year in which Busch became known for his in-race, over-the-radio tirades directed at crew chief Steve Addington and his team. A video in which he berated respected NASCAR media member Dr. Jerry Punch went viral, and proved to be the last straw for Busch.
There is no word on what will happen to AJ Allmendinger, if Busch were to take over the No. 43.
Jack Roush, whose Roush Fenway Racing team supplies cars and engines to RPM, could also block Busch from joining RPM, as Busch drove for RFR before joining Penske and was let go after on-track and off-track incidents.