Penske Racing splits with Kurt Busch

Penske Racing splits with Kurt Busch

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Kurt Busch is introduced during NASCAR's Champions Week on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Las Vegas. Busch, fined $50,000 last week by NASCAR for verbally abusing a reporter, said Thursday he's seeing a sports psychologist to address what he described as "personal issues." "I need to be a better person on the radio, to the team, as a leader," said Busch, who began working with the psychologist two months ago. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 5, 2011 at 1:27 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kurt Busch and Penske Racing have parted ways after yet another embarrassing incident for the 2004 NASCAR champion.

Penske Racing says in a Monday statement it is evaluating its options for the No. 22 Dodge.

The split comes after six bumpy years for Busch and Penske. Although Busch won 10 races since joining the organization in 2006, his meltdowns on his team radio were notorious and two crew chiefs have left the team in the last three years.

Busch also sparred this season with the media more than usual, and was fined $50,000 last month by NASCAR after he was caught on video by a fan being verbally abusive to an ESPN reporter.

Busch admitted last week he is seeing a sports psychologist for what he called personal issues.
 

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