Before 2012 began, Kurt Busch talked about "old-school racing" as he moved to Phoenix Racing after parting ways with Penske Racing. AJ Allmendinger, the man who replaced Busch at Penske, talked about hitting singles before going for the long-ball -- a metaphor for building off of solid finishes before the team competed for wins.
Right now, Allmendinger is taking called strikes while no amount of old school fabrication could fix the mangled up racecars that are piling up in the Phoenix Racing shop. After Sunday's race at Vegas, the two are tied for 29th in the points standings.
The story of Busch's first three races has been crashes. At Daytona, he was collateral damage in Elliott Sadler's bump of Jimmie Johnson. At Vegas, Busch's day started getting caught a lap down when the caution flew during his green-flag pit stop, and it ended with his car torn all to shreds after he hit the inside backstretch wall.
Allmendinger's 500 effectively ended when he ran into Ryan Newman on pit roadRead More »from Kurt Busch and AJ Allmendinger have trouble at Vegas; find themselves in early hole