Kurt Busch Fired from Penske Racing Team

Russell SchmidtContributor IDecember 5, 2011

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19:  Kurt Busch, driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2011 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Many of us wondered how much it would take to have Kurt Busch fired from the prestigious Penske Racing Team, and obviously the often tumultuous driver has finally pushed enough of the wrong buttons.

Earlier today, Jim Utter reported that Busch had been let go from his full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup driving position with the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge. During the final race in Homestead, his latest tirade with sports reporter Jerry Punch didn't help anything, nor cussing his teammates on the radio for a myriad of issues with the car during competition during several races.

Busch's other antics on and off the track included ripping up a reporter's stats papers while being questioned during a post-race interview.

Yes, we recently heard that Kurt was seeing a sports psychologist, but I believe that was too little, too late for severe damage-control conditions.

The whole deal is a shame, as the man can drive a race car. His numerous wins over the years and his 2004 NASCAR Cup title attest to that. What should have been a comfy contract through 2014 is now over. Did it cost Roger Penske a pile of dough to dump him, or did he violate contract rules enough to find loop holes for dismissal? Stay tuned.

So, where does this talented driver go for next year and beyond? Well, he was with Roush when he attained his title, but he ticked off enough people there as well, being fired several races before the end of a season for getting involved with a local sheriff out West.

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And who will fill the seat in the No. 22? My best answer at this point would be David Ragan or Scott Speed.

As far as where Kurt will land? I don't see him in a truck or Nationwide ride, and there's nothing left in Cup but start and parks. Sad situation.

What do you think? Drop me a line.

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