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Kurt Busch Speaking With Teams About 2013 Cup Ride

Kurt Busch during NASCAR Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. [1]FoxSports.com [2] is reporting that former Sprint Cup Champion and current Phoenix Racing driver Kurt Busch has spoken with several teams about Cup rides for 2013, with two of those teams being teams that were potential Dodge teams before the manufacturer elected to bow out of NASCAR competition in 2013 [3].

Furniture Row Racing is said to be one of the teams considering Busch. With the team’s commitment to Regan Smith in the No. 78, it is highly unlikely that Busch would replace him. So, the most likely scenario is FRR fielding a second car for Busch.

Busch has also spoken with Richard Petty Motorsports about a potential ride. RPM could replace Aric Almirola with Busch in the No. 43, but the team seems set (and is performing) with Marcos Ambrose in the No. 9 Ford. Busch could also join the team in a third car, though that car would need sponsorship, and RPM officials would need to feel that they are ready to field a competitive third team.

Richard Childress Racing is also said to be an option, one FoxSports calls Busch’s “best option to get his career back on track.” While that is true, Busch would have to secure sponsorship, something he has been unable to do with Phoenix. It would also mean becoming teammates with Kevin Harvick. Because both are type A personalities, and both are known for their abrasive styles, they could butt heads both on and off the track. But, with a championship under his belt, RCR could be willing to take the risk on Busch.

Busch was released from the No. 22 Penske Racing team [4] at the end of last season following several radio tirades and tense exchanges with reporters. Busch was also suspended for one race this season [5] for another tense exchange with a reporter.

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