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Penske Racing splits with Kurt Busch
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -
Kurt Busch and Penske Racing have parted ways after yet another embarrassing incident for the 2004 NASCAR champion.

Penske Racing says in a Monday statement it is evaluating its options for the No. 22 Dodge.

The split comes after six bumpy years for Busch and Penske.

Although Busch won 10 races since joining the organization in 2006, his meltdowns on his team radio were notorious and two crew chiefs have left the team in the last three years.

Busch also sparred this season with the media more than usual, and was fined $50,000 last month by NASCAR after he was caught on video by a fan being verbally abusive to an ESPN reporter.

Busch admitted last week he is seeing a sports psychologist for what he called personal issues.

Brian Pattie named crew chief for Clint Bowyer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -
Michael Waltrip Racing has hired Brian Pattie as crew chief for new driver Clint Bowyer.

Pattie was most recently crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya, and led him to a spot in the 2009 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Pattie has 18 wins as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series, one in Cup.

Bowyer has moved to MWR after driving for Richard Childress Racing since 2004. He spent six full seasons in the Cup Series with Childress, but the two were unable to put together a contract extension to keep him with the organization.

Bowyer will drive a new third team for MWR. The team will also field Toyota Camry's for Martin Truex Jr., and a shared ride for Mark Martin and team part-owner Michael Waltrip.

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