Originally posted on Frontstretch  |  Last updated 12/4/11
Kurt Busch will not return to Penske Racing in 2012. According to a Charlotte Observer report Busch has been released from the No. 22 Penske Dodge, and a formal announcement from Penske racing is expected on Monday. There is no immediate word on who will replace Busch. The release comes on the heels of a $50,000 fine from NASCAR for an obscene gesture and an obscenity-laced tirade at ESPN pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch, who was attempting to interview Busch following a transmission failure at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The scene was caught on video and has almost a million views on You Tube. Penske Racing issued a statement last week that they were reviewing the situation internally, adding that Busch’s behavior was not representative of the organization. It is unclear where Busch could end up in 2012, especially without sponsorship. Several Cup drivers are looking for jobs for 2012. Busch, who acknowledged that he is seeing a sports psychologist, is a former champion, but wi...
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