Any doubts Kurt Busch wouldn't have a ride after returning from his one-week suspension from NASCAR were erased Tuesday afternoon when Phoenix Racing team owner James Finch announced Busch will be returning to the No. 51 car this weekend at Michigan.
"We have met with Kurt," Finch said in a statement released by the team. "At the end of the day, we are racers, so we're going racing together with Kurt and the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet."
There was uncertainty whether Busch, who was suspended one week by NASCAR for violating his probation by threatening a member of the media following the Nationwide Series race at Dover, would be welcomed back by his team. In numerous interviews last week, Finch made it known he was tired of Busch's attitude and that the 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion would have to make changes if he were to return to the team following his hiatus.
However, after a meeting Tuesday between owner and driver, an understanding was reached that will keep Busch behind the wheel of the unsponsored No. 51 Chevrolet going forward.
"We know adjustments have to be made, but how we fix that is between Kurt and myself," Finch said. "We're going to go to the track, work hard, race hard and work on trying to attract a sponsor – and we're going to do that together."
Busch, who has one top-10 finish this season in 13 starts, was replaced last Sunday in Pocono by David Reutimann, who finished 21st.