On Monday, it was revealed that Kurt Busch would be driving the #78 for Furniture Row Racing full-time in 2013. Surprisingly, Busch’s first race with FRR is Charlotte’s Chase race this year, meaning that Regan Smith is being removed almost immediately.
As bad as it sounds, I don’t think this deal is right at all.
Busch has had too many chances to prove himself, and I don’t think he’s deserving of this one.
The way he handles himself in the racecar is just unacceptable in my eyes. Yes, that’s a tension-filled environment, but you don’t hear all the other drivers exploding like he does. What makes him more fragile than others?
You can say his divorce shook him up. You can argue that he has changed. But, in my honest opinion, people rarely change. Kurt’s no exception.
Oh, trust me, I see why he’s been given opportunities. He’s a former champion, and no one wants to see champions fall. Kurt Busch has been descending for a long time.
I hope Regan Smith gets a good ride. After moving all the way out to Colorado for that team, this is a harsh decision that’s not in his favor at all.
Yes, I understand that NASCAR is a big business, and a decision being ‘not fair’ isn’t a solid reason why Kurt shouldn’t be in that car, but I’m just thinking through this differently than everyone else.
Anyway, I will stop there and go on. Here are some questions you sent me think week!
Do you see AJ Allmendinger mentally ready to come back in a racecar this early? -@stephen_kelsey
Not in NASCAR, at least.
There won’t be a team in NASCAR willing to risk their professional image to fund Allmendinger. Even if he finished the Road to Recovery program, it takes time to build those connections and partnerships back up.
Honestly, who’s going to sponsor a driver who failed a drug test? Nobody in NASCAR.
With that, he should look into IndyCar. That’s his best bet right now. He might have to start from the bottom up, too, but it’ll reveal if he really wants it or not.
[What are] Princess Sparkle Pony’s chances next year? -@NASCAR_Wonka
In my eyes, ‘Danica Patrick’ and ‘Cup series next year’ shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath. She needs more time in the Nationwide series before she even thinks about moving up, get a feel for her competitors and learn how to toughen up. Running around in 26th every weekend certainly qualifies her for a ride, doesn’t it?
But, Tony Stewart’s bringing her in, and the rumor is that she’ll have Ryan Newman’s crew.
None of this makes sense to me. However, that doesn’t matter: I don’t make the rules.
So, to answer your question, she won’t be competitive. She’ll probably ride around in the back, gaining some experience and snag good luck here and there. Whatever happens, I know she’s not ready.
Should drivers be allowed to drive in more than one series? -@The_EVP
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: Cup drivers shouldn’t be allowed in the lower series. I get that it draws crowds and attention to the Nationwide and Trucks series and that the young drivers like the challenge, but it’s wrong.
How do young guns show their stuff when the Cup guys are stealing the spotlight? Those younger drivers need the exposure and money more than the elders do.
I understand that it will never happen: there’s no possible way NASCAR can stop the older guys from dipping into the younger drivers’ swimming pool.
How many races do you have to win to win The Chase? -@NascarandWoo
To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure. What I am sure is that, to win The Chase, you must balance racing for wins and racing for points.
When it gets down to the end like this, guys tend to drive over their heads and push it too much. This isn’t the way to go. You can’t gamble this late in the game and expect for it to work out smoothly.
If the car isn’t a winning car, don’t panic. Breathe. Think. Adjust. Then drive smart and get as many points as you can.
If we are going by wins, I’d say three wins or more while in The Chase seems like the magic number.