Kurt Busch Statement On Joining Phoenix Racing NASCAR Team: 'Christmas Came Early For Me This Year'

Kurt Busch has released a statement about agreeing to drive Phoenix Racing's No. 51 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series carnext season.

Here are his comments:

"I'm very happy to join Phoenix Racing and after entertaining a lot of quality offers, there's no better place for me. We're going to run the full schedule together, and we're going to have fun doing it.

"It's going to be old-school racing, where we show up, race hard and go for the win. And if we don't win, we'll go back to the shop, work hard and do it all over again next week. That's the way we all started racing, and it's great to get back to that."

"James Finch has always had pretty stout cars for the restrictor-plate races and I know we'll be very competitive at Daytona. We'll participate in the test down there in January to get a good handle on our Daytona 500 car, but also to win another Budweiser Shootout.

"Christmas came early for me this year, and I honestly can't wait for the season to begin."

And a couple words from team owner James Finch:

"All we want to do is win. Winning is why I've been in racing for as long as I have, but NASCAR is a very competitive sport, and winning – especially at the Sprint Cup level – is hard. But now with Kurt Busch as our driver, we have a shot to win every week. He's a past champion and he's proven he can win everywhere. Our sponsors are looking forward to Kurt representing their brands.

"We have excellent equipment and a hard-working group of guys who want that trophy at the end of every race. Kurt's the guy who can deliver it to them."

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