Richard Childress Racing is considering the addition of Kurt Busch to the team in 2013. Busch, who is still driving for Phoenix Racing, has been searching for a change next season. However, Richard Childress indicates that he would not be able to add another driver without a sponsor.
Kurt Busch is Searching for New Teams
Reports about Kurt Busch searching for a new team have been circulating for several months. Busch is not part of the 2012 Chase and has been unsatisfied with the equipment available at Phoenix Racing. Although Phoenix gave him the opportunity to return to NASCAR after being let go by Penske Racing and facing the possibility of missing a season, Busch has been actively looking for a way to move to another team.
Some fans view Busch's search for a new team as being ungrateful for the opportunity that Phoenix Racing provided. However, others have pointed out that he simply views his talents going to waste on a team that lacks the best equipment and struggles to compete with larger teams. Phoenix lacks the funding and support that Busch had with Penske.
Richard Childress Racing is Interested in Kurt Busch
Childress does not foresee any problems with Busch's behavior if he is added to the team. This is an interesting statement from the team owner because he had an altercation with Kurt's brother in 2011. After a confrontation, Richard Childress placed Kyle Busch in a headlock and punched him in June 2011. Kurt Busch's temper cost him the Penske Racing ride and forced him into his current position.
Richard Childress has mentioned that he has talked to Kurt Busch about the possibility of him joining the team next year. However, he mentioned, "I like Kurt. Kurt and I would get along. There's just not a sponsor out there today that can fill a complete car." Sponsorship remains as one of the main challenges for Richard Childress Racing, and there has been no indication that this will improve. Unfortunately, the team's chances of finding a sponsor seem small because the uncertain economy continues to push businesses out of NASCAR.
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