As a life-long Chicago Cubs fan, Kurt Busch is quick to admit his team is rebuilding. The same could be said about the driver, too.
Busch knew life at Phoenix Racing would be challenging, especially since the team has just one win since 1990. But he never thought it would include the possibility of skipping races for financial reasons.
Car owner James Finch admitted on Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain on Sunday he might have to park the car to concentrate on the higher-paying races.
“There’s a question,” Finch said. “We’re off and running and trying. We’re talking to some people and going from there. We’re headed to Kansas this weekend and hopefully get in the top 10 there and then come back to Talladega and have a really good run. We’re optimistic about it.”
Finch said Busch has been the consummate team player. But with expenses of nearly $400,000 a week to attend races, Finch doesn’t know how long he can afford to do it out of his own pocket. Without sponsorship, Busch might become a part-time driver.
“Kurt has put a lot of effort in it. It’s kind of like a small team getting a big-time quarterback,” Finch said. “We’re just trying to catch up with Kurt. Kurt’s got the speed. We’re trying to get the crew chief up. We’re trying to get the pit crew up to be able to handle what Kurt can do. Hopefully, we’re getting there.”
Busch was fired from Penske Racing at the end of last season following several outbursts with the team. He landed at Phoenix knowing he didn’t have the same kind of pressure.
ELLIOTT’S CREW CHIEF: Former champion Bill Elliott will have Trent Owens as a crew chief when Turner Motorsports makes its Sprint Cup Series debut July 7 at Daytona International Speedway.
Elliott will drive the No. 50 Chevrolet in the Coke Zero 400.
Owens also works as a crew chief for Turner’s Nationwide Series car driven by James Buescher and Steve Arpin.
CONSIDERING A RETURN: Car owner Jack Roush said he might bring the No. 6 Ford back to the track with driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. The car was parked at the end of last season after the team couldn’t find sponsorship.