Phoenix Racing will not attend the first day of NASCAR testing at Pocono Raceway on Wednesday. But that had always been the plan as Kurt Busch is scheduled to race Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway in the Prelude to the Dream -- Tony Stewart's charity race benefiting Feed the Children.
Busch was also scheduled to be in the team's entry at Pocono this weekend. But that was before he was suspended by NASCAR earlier this week because of his comments to a reporter after last weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
Phoenix Racing general manager Steve Barkdoll felt the crew's time would be better spent Wednesday working in the shop and that the team could concentrate on the full-day test on Thursday, before the weekend's events.
David Reutimann, who is substituting for Busch in the No. 51 Chevrolet while Busch serves his suspension after a rancorous exchange with a reporter, was fitted for his seat Wednesday morning. The team's hauler was expected to pull out of its Spartanburg, SC,...