Kurt Busch's announcement that he would be moving to Furniture Row Racing in Oct. 2012 has forced Phoenix Racing to immediately start searching for a replacement driver. The team has not announced who will take his place but has been linked to multiple options. Owner James Finch insists that the team will finish the 2012 NASCAR season.
Kurt Busch Leaves Phoenix Racing
Kurt Busch has officially joined Furniture Row Racing and will compete with this team on Oct. 13. He was expected to finish the season with Phoenix Racing, so his decision to leave early has left them scrambling for a replacement. Nevertheless, James Finch plans on finishing the season with a driver in the No. 51 car.
A.J. Allmendinger as a Potential Replacement
Phoenix Racing is rumored to be considering A.J. Allmendinger as a potential replacement for Kurt Busch. The driver has successfully finished the NASCAR Road to Recovery Program after being suspended for a positive drug test. If James Finch hires Allmendinger, it would be the second time that the driver has taken over a ride for Busch. A.J. Allmendinger replaced Kurt Busch in the No. 22 car for Penske Racing in the beginning of this season.
Regan Smith as a Potential Replacement
Regan Smith is another option for James Finch as he searches for a replacement. Kurt Busch has taken Smith's ride in Furniture Row Racing, so the driver is available. Smith has also mentioned that he would be willing to consider any offer that allows him to continue competing. Regan Smith has been linked to several teams but does not appear to have any concrete deals at this point.
David Reutimann as a Potential Replacement
David Reutimann could also replace Kurt Busch at Phoenix Racing, and he has filled in for him this season. Reutimann, who has a deal with Tommy Baldwin Racing for one year, has been forced into a limited schedule in 2012. The driver does not have a contract for the next season, so he could step in as a replacement. Before Busch signed his deal with Phoenix Racing, Reutimann was considered one of the favorites for the position.
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