Report: Busch Replacing Allmendinger?
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on December 13, 2011 | 3:51 P.M. EST
Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s “Sirius Speedway” is reporting RPM has had discussions to bring Busch into the fold. (Photo: Getty Images)
Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody is reporting that Richard Petty Motorsports is looking at options to bring in Kurt Busch as the driver of the No. 43 Ford, replacing current driver AJ Allmendinger.
Richard Petty Motorsports Chief Operating Officer Robbie Loomis confirmed on Tuesday today that discussions have been held regarding Busch, saying, "Best Buy has been a great partner for a long time, and AJ Allmendinger has done a fantastic job for us. He's coming off his best season yet, but I can tell you there is a lot of interest on our part in having Kurt Busch in the fold. It makes sense to have Kurt with our team, if we can make it work.
"Our main focus is to continue building on what we finished the season with last year," said Loomis. "But right now, I feel like I'm running down two different sets of train tracks. From a personal standpoint, nothing has excited me more than when I heard Kurt had become available.
“I'm excited about the opportunity to add a driver like Kurt Busch to Richard Petty Motorsports. I would mortgage my house to make Kurt a part of this team. We value what he has done on the race track. He has won a (Sprint Cup) championship and worked for a first-class operation like Penske Racing. Guys like that don't come along every day."