Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kurt Busch in No. 43 at Richard Petty Motorsports?

According to multiple reports, Kurt Busch will likely replace A.J. Allmendinger who was released today by Richard Petty Motorsports.

On Tuesday Sirius-speedway.com reported that Kurt Busch is in line for the ride, with RPM chief operating officer Robbie Loomis telling Dave Moody, “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.”

In addition, RPM co-owner Andy Murstein told FOXSports.com he believes Busch will end up with a ride in 2012 season.

"Kurt’s issues are far less severe than what other athletes have done in other sports,” Murstein told FOXSports.com Tuesday. “Those athletes have all received second chances and Kurt will too. He wasn't caught running a dog-fighting ring, he wasn't caught with a handgun in a club, he wasn't using performance-enhancing drugs, and unlike his brother he wasn't even letting his temper get the best of him to cause a wreck. 
“I think he is a great competitor who just needs to take a step back and clear his head. Perhaps someone as well-respected, talented, and universally loved like the King could help him accomplish that."