2012 Turkeys Of The Year

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Kurt Busch

The 2004 Sprint Cup champ continued on his road to nowhere, riding ths reputation as a hothead that had cost him rides with Roush Fenway and Penske Racing. Busch spent 2012 toiling for Phoenix Racing, a lowly single-car outfit and managed all of 5 top-10 finishes while battling with drivers, crew members and reporters and getting himself put on probation (for doing a burnout through Ryan Newman's pit box) and suspended for a race. By the time the season ended, his antics had driven Phoenix into part-time status for 2013 and Busch ended up signing a one-year deal with the even more obscure single-car team Furniture Row, which will likely send him to the chair if he doesn't get his act together.

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