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There is no driver who needs a better 2012 season than Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch has had an astounding fall from grace.
Busch's 2011 season included finishing 11th in points with two wins, eight top-fives and 16 top-10 finishes.
The former NASCAR champion looked to be having a great 2011 season, until his verbal tirades towards his team and the media cost him dearly.
Busch had issues with crew chief Steve Addington which led to abusive tirades on the team radio, even yelling at car owner Roger Penske.
He had run-ins with Jimmie Johnson on and off the track. But the grand finale for Busch came at Homestead.
Busch's foul language and yelling at ESPN announcer Dr. Jerry Punch was recorded by a cell phone and went viral on the Internet.
After meetings with Roger Penske, both sides parted ways and Busch was out of the No. 22 car.
Busch's career is on the brink of destruction and he is basically on his last chance with James Finch's team.
He still has good equipment driving Hendrick supplied cars, but the question will be if Busch can keep his cool.
I don't think he'll completely keep his cool, but I do think he will win one race. But there is no way he will make the Chase.
Busch's career is at a crossroads and 2012 will decide where his career will end up.