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Kurt Busch Needs To 'Get Happy' Starting At Michigan, Team Owner Says

Phoenix Racing team owner James Finch said driver Kurt Busch agreed to respect NASCAR fans and the media during a Tuesday meeting that resulted in Busch retaining his job.

Finch told Sirius/XM's NASCAR channel Tuesday night that it's time for Busch to produce results without continually having off-the-track distractions.

"He's got some issues he says he's going to get squared away, and I'm hoping he does that," Finch told The Late Shift program. "And if he doesn't, then I've got to move on. But right now, we're going forward with him straightening out and doing what he needs to do."

Busch is coming off a NASCAR-issued suspension for violating probation by verbally abusing a reporter after the Nationwide Series race at Dover. He missed the Pocono race weekend but will race this weekend at Michigan.

The wealthy team owner said he couldn't understand why Busch seemed so unhappy at times, because the driver should be "tickled to death" that he gets to race for a living.

"You race on the weekend, you make good money and you look back in the back of the shop, and a guy works all year for what you make in a weekend – but he seems to be happy," Finch said he told Busch. "So I don't know why you're not happy, and if you're not happy, then you need to get happy. Because that's life."