For Kurt Busch Trouble Overshadows His Career

By Christy Valdez

As if the events at Talladega were not chaotic enough, Kurt Busch ended with the least amount of damage despite his day.

In Sunday’s race at Talladega, Busch was leading the race until he wrecked in lap 99 of the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500. After his wreck safety officials went over to check on Busch and assist him. Busch would hop back into the No.51 car after analyzing the damage and attempted to make his way back to the garage, wanting to go back out racing. Busch’s plans did not go so well with NASCAR.

As Busch would drive away from the safety officials with their equipment on top of the car, and driving without his helmet, NASCAR decided to end Busch’s day after he failed to hear an order from NASCAR to stop his vehicle and would have to explain his actions at the Cup Series hauler. Despite getting parked early, Busch got away easy for his actions at Talladega as NASCAR decided not to punish the driver any more.

The 2012 season has consisted of drama and trouble surrounding Busch. As the season began he was starting off fresh after cutting ties with Penske Racing and joining Phoenix Racing. The year went on and he managed to get in trouble once again after all his drama in 2011.

In just 2012 Busch got in an altercation with a reporter after the Nationwide Series race at Dover in June. NASCAR suspended him for the June Pocono race. He was also involved in an altercation with the No.39 team earlier in the season.

Busch is a competitive driver as he has been able to show in the past. As a former cup series champion and with various wins under his name, Busch has the talent to succeed as a racer but it all gets over shadowed when he gets himself into trouble.

Despite having the lead in the race when he was wrecked, the most memorable event of that race about Busch was him driving away from the safety workers and getting parked by NASCAR. He did handle the situation with a positive attitude but it should have been a different finish as it was his final race with Phoenix Racing. He did thank every team member but the race at Talladega might be the one memory to stand out from the year.

As the race at Charlotte is just around the corner, Busch is given a new opportunity with a new team. The next five races can show of what is to come with Busch and Furniture Row Racing, he needs to avoid getting into more trouble and make the new opportunity a success. Not so many second chances come around and this one has to be the one where he stays out of trouble or it will continue to overshadow his career.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy

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