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Kurt Busch is a fantastic driver.
He has one huge problem, though; he can't seem to grow up.
While he may have had a mutual split from Penske last season, his actions didn't give Penske any reason to keep him.
Making an obscene gesture toward the general area of first lady Michelle Obama's motorcade was one of the last straws for Busch.
He then went on a tirade after the Homestead race was over when interviewed by Dr. Jerry Punch from ESPN.
You really couldn't blame Penske for wanting to come to a "mutual agreement" to let Busch go.
Maybe we could have forgiven Kurt Busch after he seemed to struggle to find a ride during the offseason. He eventually ended up with James Finch racing, a much smaller team.
Busch has struggled with his new team, which is expected. The team lacks the sponsorship that bigger teams in NASCAR have.
Maybe Busch learned his lesson. Maybe he understood the consequences of his actions.
We could have assumed Busch had grown up until the May 12 race at Darlington. Busch got into a tiff with Ryan Newman's pit crew that would put Busch on probation and fined $50,000.
Sadly, Busch only added to his trouble when he threatened Speed reporter Bob Pockrass. NASCAR suspended Busch for the Pocono race.
Team owner James Finch wasn't sure if Busch would be back after the Pocono race.
He clearly wasn't happy with Busch, and after the incident, he was quoted at ESPN.com as saying:
"If he's going to kill himself I'm not going to be in the airplane with him. If that's what he's planning on doing, I am going to get out."
While Kurt has been on his best behavior since his one-race suspension, Finch was right to describe Busch as killing himself.
Being on a racing team that is desperate for sponsors and then acting the way Busch did is NASCAR suicide.
While Kurt did win a Nationwide race recently, he needs to show how good he is by driving, not by running his mouth.
Busch isn't bigger than NASCAR. While he is a great driver, he won't last much longer if he keeps up his bad attitude.