It's safe to say that 2011 wasn't Kurt Busch's finest year. Despite scoring four wins (two of them non-points victories in the Budweiser Shootout and Gatorade Duel at Daytona), Busch fell from grace pretty steadily from the start of the year to the end. After a series of tirades against his crew and multiple altercations with journalists late in the season, Roger Penske finally had enough and pulled the plug on Busch on December 5.
Since then, the inaugural Chase for the Cup winner has fielded offers from a host of teams. Even though most of the silly season dust clears by October, it's not often that a championship-caliber driver with marketing power like Busch comes along. Mid-pack and lower-level teams are more than willing to clear house in order to step up in driving talent and hire a top driver, even if he has attitude issues.
The following teams have shown their interest in Busch publicly. They vary in caliber and owners' points, and some would undoubtedly have to prepare to use Busch's champion's provisional, especially early on in the season. There's a chance that Busch could end up in any one of these rides depending on what he's willing to settle for.
Without further ado, here they are.