Kurt Busch former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion was forced out of Penske Racing after many behavior issues on and off tracks and team owner Roger Penske would no longer defend him. Kurt’s 2004 championship run was the peak of his career as he never came truly close to the championship again.While his fortunes seemed to descend, brother Kyle Busch‘s were on the rise in Hendrick Motorsports then Joe Gibbs Racing.
In his last two years with Penske he finished only 11th in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He had lost the spark he had in the early 2000’s that put him in contention. It wasn’t too difficult for Penske to let him go and kick him out of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge. In fact Penske’s future became far brighter as driver of Busch’s old No. 2 ride, Brad Keselowski, took the Captain to his first Sprint Cup Championship in 2012.
So Busch was relegated to small team racing outside of the mainstream championship drivers and teams. After time with Phoenix Racing he shifted to the team he is now running with small time venture Furniture Row Racing.
This year with FRR Kurt has seemingly got a little bit of spark back finishing in the top five at Bristol then this last weekend at the Auto Club 400 while his younger brother Kyle drove his JGR car into victory lane. If Busch can take a small team like this and make it competitive there may be more left in this old veteran then some might think. Busch can certainly get a win running like he has and if he can keep up consistently otherwise, he could even take FRR to a run at the Chase. Then Busch’s redemption would be nigh on complete.