Sirius XM is reporting that Richard Petty Motorsports proposed replacing current driver AJ Allmendinger with the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kurt Busch. Busch recently parted ways with Penske Racing on what both sides are calling a mutual decision following six years of volatile situations which boiled over in a profanity laced tirade by Busch at ESPN reporter Dr. Jerry Punch.
Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) struggled to convince sponsor Best Buy to stay on board the famed #43 car last off season. It has also been reported in the past that the sponsorship dollars provided by Best Buy are below the industry average for a company the size of Best Buy.
Allmendinger is coming off his best season at the Sprint Cup level that saw the soon to be 30 year-old driver finish 15th in the final driver standings after finishing with a top-5 and a career best 10 top-10’s on the season. Allmendinger joined RPM in 2009 and has ran 108 races at the Sprint Cup level for the team.
Busch won two races this season and finished 11th in the final driver standings. In addition to being a former series champion the 33 year-old has 24 career victories. Busch has also recorded ten or more top-10 finishes in each Sprint Cup season since 2002.
Preventing a possible pairing of the two parties could be Jack Roush who supplies the equipment for RPM. Busch drove for Roush until the 2006 season when he left for Penske amid flareups with Roush. Busch says he is currently seeing a sports psychologist to deal with his competition issues.