Kurt Busch has landed with Phoenix Racing after parting ways with Penske following a particularly rough season, even by Busch family standards. Busch drew the ire of fans, teammates and team leaders alike this year after cursing at an ESPN reporter and making a habit of demeaning his crew over the radio during races. Busch's long-time crew chief Steve Addington left the Penske team after the end of the season, reportedly thanks in part to Busch's toxic attitude. While Addington is headed to a new position with series champion Tony Stewart, Busch has joined forces with Phoenix Racing.
According to USA Today, Busch will helm the number 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix. The 33-year-old racer has previously campaigned under both the Dodge and Ford banner at various points in his career, and Busch says he's excited to get back to "old-school" racing. While Phoenix Racing team owner James Finch has been critical of Busch in the past, he likes the racer's track record. Busch has had 24 victories in 400 Sprint Cup starts. A.J. Allmendinger, meanwhile, will take Busch's spot with Penske.