James Finch, a 20-year-plus veteran NASCAR team owner, who this year has been fielding #51 Chevrolets for Kurt Busch, says unless there is a big change in economics in this sport “I’ll have to hang it up at the end of this season.” Finch says the new 2013 NASCAR stockers will obsolete his entire fleet of race cars. “I’ll have to throw everything away,” Finch says. Finch has no major sponsor this season, and his hauler here is painted stark black. He used Hendrick engineering, at a price of course, and he leased Hendrick engines, at a price too of course.
The owner of Richard Childress Racing has discussed putting 2004 Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch in a fourth car next season if sponsorship can be found. “I have talked to Kurt about running a full season with a fourth team if we had sponsorship,” Childress told ESPN.com on Friday at Richmond International Raceway. “He’s a very, very talented driver. I like Kurt. Kurt and I would get along. There’s just not a sponsor out there today that can fill a complete car.” Busch through a team public relations representative said he had nothing to add to Childress’ comments. Childress said he should know his entire driver lineup by mid-October. He plans to field three Sprint Cup teams with drivers Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jeff Burton, as well as three Nationwide teams. Childress’ grandson Austin Dillon will drive one of the full-time Nationwide cars with grandson Ty Dillon driving 8-10 Nationwide races while running a full-time Truck Series schedule. “He and I would get along, and he would listen to me,” Childress said of Busch. “One thing he needs is somebody, when he does do wrong, to discuss how to handle it.” Busch has spent this season driving for underfunded and primarily unsponsored #51 Phoenix Racing. Phoenix Racing general manager Steve Barkdoll told ESPN.com recently that owner James Finch would welcome Busch back in 2013 if sponsorship was found.