Expect an announcement tomorrow from Phoenix Racing that former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch will drive the team’s No. 51 Security Benefit/Thank A Teacher Today Chevrolet in 2012. Team owner James Finch confirmed the signing to FOX Sports NASCAR reporter Lee Spencer today, and sources close to the team say an official announcement of Busch’s signing will be made tomorrow morning.
Busch parted company with Penske Racing after a profanity laced tirade directed at ESPN pit reporter Jerry Punch and his camera crew at Homestead Miami Speedway in November. Penske Racing announced yesterday that AJ Allmendinger will replace Busch in the team’s No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge next season. Sources say David Ragan is likely to replace Allmendinger in the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, with an announcement possible as soon as tomorrow.
Phoenix Racing will campaign Chevrolets built by Hendrick Motorsports again in 2012, after finishing 30th in championship points with driver Landon Cassill last season.