Kurt Busch's suspension has set off a domino effect among NASCAR teams, as Phoenix Racing will fill Busch's vacant 51 car this weekend at Pocono with Tommy Baldwin Racing driver David Reutimann. Dave Blaney will jump to Reutimann's vacated No. 10, and Tony Raines will run Blaney's No. 36. Got all that?
"I understand the position James [Finch, Phoenix Racing owner] was put in this week," Baldwin said in a statement. "As an owner of a small team, I wanted to help him out. We talked and thought that this lineup would be best for both of our teams."
Meanwhile, Finch has given every indication that Busch's fulltime return to his car is by no means a sure thing. Speaking on Tuesday morning to Sirius/XM's NASCAR radio, Finch noted that he and Busch would have a "come-to-Jesus meeting" next week.
"He needs to either get his mind right or he's going to be working somewhere else," Finch said. "Quit wrecking cars. Be nice to people. That's not hard to do."
Finch had similarly pointed comments for ESPN.com's David Newton: "If he's going to kill himself I'm not going to be in the airplane with him," Finch said. "If that's what he's planning on doing, I am going to get out."
Busch is suspended until June 13 for, basically, acting like an idiot, although NASCAR didn't phrase it quite that way. He has issued a statement of apology but has given no indication when he will publicly speak on the matter.