Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 12/22/11
Kurt Busch will drive the No. 51 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing in 2012. Busch put the handshake deal together with team owner James Finch on Wednesday night. "I went to the shop, and on the Christmas tree was a sign that read, 'All we want from Santa is a winning driver,' " Finch said. "We will be at the Daytona test next month and start with the Shootout." The decision comes just weeks after Busch mutually agreed to part ways with Penske Racing. Upon his departure, Busch said he "wanted racing to be fun again". And if Busch was looking to combine "fun" with racing, no owner can deliver on that promise better than Finch. Couple that with the benefit of Hendrick Motorsports cars and engines and Busch could be the driver that puts Phoenix Racing on the map. The 2004 Sprint Cup champion has 24 wins -- two each in the last three years -- and has qualified for six Chase for the Sprint Cups. Busch has won a race in each of the last 10 seasons. "I told Kurt, 'I won't fire you and you w...
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