Kurt Busch’s Revival and The Rise of Phoenix Racing.

How do you define a comeback? How do you charge it inside the engine? How is it felt in the arms and legs of all crew and pit attendants? Is it championed and cherished on the front of the stock car preparing for another race? Can it shift to a higher gear that can escape the shadow of the criticisms, the YouTube viral videos, the voices saying you’re never going to be what you were in 2004? Can it get back into Sprint Cup on a lesser-team behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Impala? That’s the challenge Kurt Busch faces with his new stock car next season. Claiming he’s a bettered-man, he’s going to bounce back and take his talents to the track at the fullest. With a new lease on life, the rebirth of Kurt Busch will be proven through a team name synonymous with the situation: Phoenix.

Phoenix Racing has picked up Kurt Busch believing he has the willpower to tap back into that potential. After messy fallouts with the Penske and Roush-Fenway stock car racing teams, Busch believes that neither team really lived up to their own potential. So with Phoenix, headed by James Finch, Busch joins a close-knit crew that loves to have a good time, loves to win, and will spend whatever it takes for his new star. The best part about Phoenix Racing is the benefit of an alliance with Hendrick Motorsports, meaning they get their cars and motors. Add that to the fact that Kurt’s the top dog of the team and you’ve got yourself some instant chemistry.

And the pressure is far from possible with Phoenix Racing. Under the new team, Busch isn’t on anyone’s preseason picks to make the chase. Even winning single race or finding good placing seems to be a long shot. But if Kurt Busch didn’t believe deep inside he didn’t have a chance, he wouldn’t strap on those gloves, put on his helmet and press down on the pedal. The pit crew wouldn’t stand passionately awaiting their turn to get Busch back on the road. Kurt Busch brought about his own downfall, but it was his talent that brought him up for the first place. Nothing is promised, but there is no victory more sacred than pulling off the ultimate surprises.

Benny Parson’s Most Memorable Stock Car Racing Moments in His Own Words

Two decades of being a major league NASCAR driver netted Benny Parson more than $4 million in winnings, 21 victories, and the coveted 1973 Winston Cup championship, which he stated was nothing short of a miracle. Many of you have watched and enjoyed him announcing races on the popular EPSN network that covers them. Rarely, however, do you come across some seriously titillating information about one of the most legendary drivers to ever grace the track with his slick handling and coy composure in the cockpit. We managed to sift around a bit, and were able to dig up this awesome interview between Benny Parson and Stockcarracing.com.

Here are a few key highlights.

Parson says his biggest win – the 1973 Winston Cup championship – was nothing short of a miracle. “People who were in the garage at Rockingham for the October 21, 1973 race, when I miraculously won my first and only Winston Cup championship, still tell me they experienced one of the most dramatic hours in racing,” Parson told SCR of that dramatic event that led up to his most noteworthy race.

After basically totaling his car, roll bars and all, Parson was getting ready to call it a day and leave the track, when someone on his team suggested that they modify the car to make it race-ready again by removing the roll bars. He would not get back on the track for more than an hour, during the 136th lap. He would finish 28th in that race, but it still gave him the point edge to win the cup that year.

His most memorable thrill is Daytona. “Daytona 500 and gave me the biggest thrill of my racing career,” Parson told SCR.

He never thought he was as good at driving on dirt tracks as Richard Petty was. Rehashing a famous mishap that took place at the dirt track on the Raleigh North, Carolina Fairgrounds in 1970, Parson still attributes Richard Petty as a better dirt track driver in his interview with SCR.“Just as I came off Turn 4 and prepared to pitch the car into Turn 1, the engine blew. So I still don’t know if I could have driven on dirt like Richard Petty, doggone it,” he said.