On the way to the West Coast last week, Kurt Busch stopped off at Furniture Row Racing in Denver to work on the team's strategy for the final 10 races before the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup.
The team felt Sunday's contest at Sonoma Raceway was covered. Busch, who nearly won the event last year, would have the best equipment FRR could offer. Barring any unfortunate malfunction on the car or miscue in the pits by his rookie team - which initially planned on just a two-pit stop race - it was up to the former champion to deliver the goods.
So it was curious when Busch slipped last Thursday after he was asked a silly question about who he would prefer to have dinner with when given a list of drivers. His focus turned to Ryan Newman, his former Penske Racing teammate with whom he experienced a not-so-friendly feud on and off the track as the two free agents searched for rides last year.
"Maybe Newman and I need to have a sit-down, because we're both out there charging hard and tryi...