It’s a long shot but check out what this one pundit has to say. With Finch not being in any hurry to sign Kurt Busch, he can still look for other options.
There is one team that sets up well for Busch and he could win at Daytona in the first week. If Earnhardt Ganassi locks up Busch for a one race deal with a sponsor looking to get into NASCAR full-time, it could be huge coup. Chip Ganassi is a gambler and despite his affinity for open wheel drivers, he will gladly grab Kurt Busch off the scrap heap and resurrect his career.
Ganassi would also love to bask in the glory of grabbing one of Roger Penske’s proteges and turning him into a NASCAR champion in a Ganassi owned car. The Penske versus Ganassi angle should not be ignored. It is a perfect scenario for Busch, who claims he has no ill feelings towards Penske.
Another key for Busch joining Ganassi is his knowledge of super speedway setups. Busch is among the best NASCAR drivers in restrictor plate racing. He is always a driver who gets the attention of others by his willingness to push others to the front.
The Ganassi Earnhardt team is a solid restictor plate team and having Busch in the fold would give the team opportunities to expand in a big way. Ganassi has been happy running two teams with Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya but adding a top ten NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, who regularly makes the NASCAR Chase, will bring instant credibility and scrutiny to the EGR program.
Where else could Kurt Busch go? Roush Fenway would laugh at him if he called. Hendrick Motorsports is a full team. Tony Stewart is expanding to three teams with Danica Patrick and Mark Martin sharing ride. Joe Gibbs Racing already has on Busch brother they can’t handle.
What about Richard Petty Motorsports? They have two up and comers in Marcos Ambrose and A.J. Allmendinger. IF anyone is on the hot seat it is Allmendinger. There has been plenty of time and effort spent on A.J. and he needs to step up to the plate and hit one out in 2012.
So where will Busch land in 2012? Look for him to sign a one race deal with EGR, with a provison that he gets locked in until May if he can manage a top ten or top 15 finish. Sponsorship is the key and Busch will have to sweet talk someone into a long-term deal.
It’s interesting that this guy uses baseball analogies for NASCAR.
From what I’ve seen after looking at various reports, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has not shown any interest in Kurt Busch yet…but you never know. It would be better than the Finch deal. Busch should drive for someone who wants to work with him as opposed to someone who doesn’t really care.
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