Finch to Meet with Busch on Future

Kurt Busch

“Quit wrecking cars. Be nice to people. That's not hard to do.” - James Finch (Photo: Getty Images)

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Phoenix Racing owner James Finch will make a decision regarding the future of driver Kurt Busch in the coming days.

Finch told SIRIUS/XM NASCAR Radio’s “The Morning Drive” he plans to sit down with the suspended driver next Tuesday and hammer out whether the two can continue working together.

“We've got to get Kurt in the right frame of mind,” Finch 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."

Busch was suspended for his actions against The Sporting News reporter Bob Pockrass last Saturday at Dover International Speedway following the Nationwide Series race. That will not allow him to pilot Finch’s Phoenix Racing No. 51 Chevrolet in this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway, with David Reutimann tabbed from Tommy Baldwin Racing to fill the seat.

Until Finch meets with Busch, he says he will not make any concrete plans for the next race at Michigan on Father’s Day weekend.

“We're going to meet the next week and have a come-to-Jesus meeting,” Finch said. "I don't want to give up on the talent Kurt has. He's one of the best drivers there. He's got some problems he needs to work through, and hopefully he can do that. If he can't, then I've got to go forward."

Finch said he has a simple message he’ll try to get across to Busch, who according to the team owner has “wrecked 14 cars” already this season.

“Quit wrecking cars. Be nice to people. That's not hard to do,” Finch said.

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