Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 9/15/14

AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14: Kurt Busch driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 14, 2009 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Start ‘N’ Park Blog is taking a look back at the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver by driver. This recap will take a look at the driver’s stats, the season’s highlights, the season’s lowlights, what a quick look at next year. This installment takes a look back at Kurt Busch who finished in the 25th place in the final standings. 2012 Statistics: Points: 735 Position: 25th Preseason Pick: 21st Starts: 35 Poles: 0 Wins: 0 Top 5s: 1 Top 10s: 5 DNFs: 6 Earnings: $4,064,608 What Was Said Prior To The Season: “I feel like I’m going too low on this one, but I’m factoring in whether Kurt learned his lesson from 2011. If he did, he’ll certainly be higher. Once he gets frustrated with his car not performing to his liking, does he last the whole season at Phoenix Racing? The team showed promise with Landon Cassill last year, but will Kurt improve that performance or duplicate it’s up and down season? If Busch gets mouthy, owner James Finch will not hesitate to put him in his place, even if that place is on the curb.” What Happened In 2012: 2012 was an interesting race for Kurt “The Outlaw” Busch. That’s a stupid nickname, so I will not acknowledge it past this point. He started the season with Phoenix Racing and was able to put in a couple of top ten runs, including a hard fought third place at Sonoma. He also was suspended for the first Pocono race, which I’m sure James Finch didn’t mind. He wrecked early and often to start the season, but to his credit he was running with old equipment and still making some noise. He moved to Furniture Row Racing at Charlotte and finished the year with three straight top ten finishes. On To 2013: He consistently finished with Furniture Row in the last six races for 2012, which has the team and driver thinking big things for 2013. It was a shame they ditched Regan Smith like they did, but the move might pay out for the team and drivers involved. Smith can compete in the Nationwide Series and Busch might bring the team more wins.
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