Here are some quotes by the Penske senior vice president Bud Denker from an article by The Associated Press writer Jenna Fryer:
"It was not a firing," he said. "We did not fire Kurt Busch. ... We said, Here's where we are going in the future, Kurt, and we talked to our sponsors and they concurred with us.'"
"Was the Homestead situation the reason he left? No. We had our concerns and he had his, and it was time for us to separate,'' Denker said. I think we've done it mutually and above board. It was not a firing. We did not fire Kurt Busch"
"It was not a firing," yea and if my aunt Matilda had some stones she be my uncle , if it wasn't a firing we can at least make a good case that it was a "strongly worded" suggestion from Penske to Kurt Busch to get out.
Another quote by Mr. Denker "........ we talked to our sponsors and they concurred with us.'" another Bush being bushwhacked by a sponsor.
It's here folks, apparently the sponsors are dictating policy for NASCAR, maybe they should take over the everyday running of the sport, soon we will see Tim Tebow driving a car because he has the right image.
Look, I do understand that without sponsors there is no sport but there should be a balance, there should some kind boundary for this sponsors.
Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch did not steal, rape, abuse or beat up grandpa, the only thing they are guilty of is having a temper and a BIG MOUTH and that IS NOT a crime anywhere in this country.
I'm still offended by the fact that M&M (#18 sponsor) seen it fit to suspend their sponsorship far a few races as for what assume was a punishment for Kyle Busch's behavior.
First of all sponsors should know NASCAR fans are not idiots, most of us can think for ourselves, ALL FANS understand that there are certain things in this sport that are acceptable behavior.
Retaliation, bad tempers and a mouth that should be washed out with soap are part of the sport, actually they are part of all sport, NASCAR fans just happen to have the greatest access of any sport to the in game conversations. I wonder what part of that concept do (some) sponsors don't understand.
The NFL and the NBA had similar incidents, James Harrison from the PIttsburgh steelers laid out a few players with what was considered cheap shots, the other was when JJ Barea got clotheslined by Artest in the NBA playoffs, I don't remember any sponsor running away from the sport. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Most NASCAR fans are not going to stop buying a product because the Bushes or any of the other drivers are retaliating or flopping their jaws.
Give us some credit, we can compartmentalize.
As a personal preference and as a -one poor fan protest -I will only eat the chocolate that melts in my hand, Hershey's kisses, I'm OK with the melting in my hands, I'll just lick my fingers just like I did when I was a little boy. So there.
As always this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.
SIDE NOTE: Feliz Navidad y prospero ano nuevo, y no se olvide..regale Hershey's kisses.
UPDATE: Kyle Busch's memorable 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series campaign led to $68 million of television exposure for his sponsors, a figure higher than any other driver managed to generate this past season, and nearly $1.7 million more than Series Champion Tony Stewart....
Now isn't that something...