A few months ago Kurt Busch’s 2012 season was in jeopardy when he didn’t have a ride after his departure from Penske Racing after incidents in the season. Prior to the start of the season he joined Phoenix Racing and seemed as if everything had changed for the good.
Since joining Phoenix Racing, Busch seemed to be a calmer man and even joked around in a few interviews. Busch admitted to seeing a sports psychologist after several meltdowns last year that landed him in severe trouble. As the saying goes “All good things come to an end.”
At Darlington Raceway last Saturday night Busch was involved in an incident on pit road involving the No. 39 team of Ryan Newman. NASCAR penalized several members from both crews including Busch on Tuesday. Along with the pit road chaos, Busch had gone off on his crew on the radio during the race.
This puts Busch in an awkward situation because he is in a one-year deal with Phoenix Racing and will have to look for a ride for next year. His past came to haunt him when it came to looking for a ride in the offseason, it could be the same situation again if things don’t change.
Last year Busch had several incidents with the media. One time he tore up a reporter’s transcript in a press conference and had an altercation with another reporter on pit road. At the Homestead-Miami Speedway finale Busch also got involved in a problem with ESPN reporter Dr. Jerry Punch, which went viral. Those are just a few that caused Busch and Penske to part ways.
The 2012 season is currently in the All-Star break and Busch can redeem himself with several races to go. If he wants to keep racing he needs to clean up his act before it’s too late.