NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kurt Busch's Replacements for 2012

David DeNennoContributor IIIDecember 6, 2011

David Reutimann and Brian Vickers may now be colliding for a job opportunity
David Reutimann and Brian Vickers may now be colliding for a job opportunityChris Trotman/Getty Images

After the official announcement was made on Monday, December 5 that Kurt Busch would indeed be leaving Penske Racing South, the standard follow-up question followed almost immediately—who will replace him?

Bleacher Report Featured Columnist Ken Armer has already posted an article about David Ragan being the perfect replacement. He is certainly the most logical and likely choice for Roger Penske's organization.

However, there are a couple of other "guns for hire."

Brian Vickers and David Reutimann are also looking for employment.

Vickers, like Ragan, would not be a bad choice. He has made the Chase and has one more career win than Ragan. The same is true for Reutimann, minus an appearance in the Chase.

Neither of them are half as cantankerous as Kurt Busch and would probably bring an air of thankfulness to the No. 22 team.

Ragan is the safest choice, while Brian Vickers could prove the most interesting.

It should not be ruled out that Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 2011 Nationwide Series champion, could be the direction Roger Penske would like to go.

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He already has a young driver in his other car—Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge. Perhaps he would like to rebuild his race team on the back of the youth.

Whatever the ultimate choice ends up being, it will be a surprise. Penske has a tough decision ahead of him.

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