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Busch cleared to return at Michigan

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Kurt Busch's latest suspension, a one-race ban for berating a reporter in a tirade that included a physical threat, is over.

"At the end of the day, we are racers so we're going racing together with Kurt and the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet," team owner James Finch said in a statement. "We know adjustments have to be made, but how we fix that is between Kurt and myself."

"We're going to go to the track, work hard, race hard and work on trying to attract a sponsor -- and we're going to do that together."

Busch met with Finch Tuesday and they agreed Busch would continue in the No. 51 Chevy.

The tension arose from comments Finch made about Busch wrecking too many cars -- 14 since February by the owner's count -- and not behaving as the team expected.

NASCAR suspended Busch on June 3 stemming from comments Busch made to a TV reporter after the June 1 Nationwide Series race at Dover. At the time, Busch was on probation for driving through Ryan Newman's pit in the May 12 Cup race at Darlington, while several of Newman's crewmen were still working in the pit stall.
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