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Kurt Busch will return to the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan Speedway.
Busch, who is serving a suspension from NASCAR following an incident where he berated a reporter at Dover on June 2, sat out last weekend's activities at Pocono Raceway.
On Tuesday morning, Busch sat down with team owner James Finch at the organization's shop in Spartanburg, S.C., to discuss their future together. Hoping to keep the meeting private, Finch released the following statement:
"We have met with Kurt. At the end of the day, we are racers so we're going racing together with Kurt and the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet. We know adjustments have to be made but how we fix that is between Kurt and myself. We're going to go to the track, work hard, race hard and work on trying to attract a sponsor -- and we're going to do that together."
Last week, Finch insisted that the partnership with the 2004 championship will continue on "week-to-week basis." Before the season began, the pair made a handshake deal in December with a focus of putting "fun" back into racing. Following a dustup between Busch and the No. 51 team with Ryan Newman and the No. 39 crew at Darlington, the driver was placed on probation. After the Dover incident, probation was extended to the end of the season.
Busch, 33, has 24 career Sprint Cup wins. In 13 starts for Finch this season, Busch posted one top 10 -- a ninth-place finish at Fontana in March. Behind the wheel of his brother's car at Kyle Busch Motorsports, he won at Richmond in May.
Finch has dabbled in both the Nationwide and Cup series over the last two decades. He has 12 Nationwide victories and one Cup win with Brad Keselowski at Talladega in 2009. David Reutimann replaced Busch last weekend at Pocono. He finished 21st.
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