|Finch: "Be nice to people."|
Phoenix Racing owner James Finch told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” today that he will meet with embattled driver Kurt Busch early next week to determine whether the former Sprint Cup Series champion will continue with the team following a one-week suspension from the sport.
Busch was suspended by NASCAR Monday for verbal abuse of a media member, after telling Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass that being on NASCAR probation “refrains me from beating the (expletive) out of your right now, because you ask me stupid questions.”
Finch has teamed with Busch on a handshake agreement this season, but said, “We're going to meet the next week and have a come to Jesus meeting.” He said he will tell Busch, “Quit wrecking cars (and) be nice to people. That's not hard to do.”
|Busch's ride could be in jeopardy|
Busch has crashed 14 cars in 13 events this season, severely taxing a team that has a small number of employees and no regular sponsor. A clearly angry Finch said changes must be made if his relationship with Busch is to continue. “We've got to get Kurt in the right frame of mind,” he said. “He needs to either get his mind right or he's going to be working somewhere else. If we stay together, it will be on a race-by-race basis."
He also confirmed that David Reutimann will drive the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Reutimann had been scheduled to steer Tommy Baldwin Racing’s No. 10 Chevrolet at the Tricky Triangle, but that ride will now be taken by TBR driver Dave Blaney. Tony Raines will replace Blaney in the team’s No. 36 Chevy, which is a guaranteed starter in the race.