Gene Haas, the founder and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, did something unusual during Tuesday's press conference to announce Kurt Busch as the team's fourth driver for 2014: He spoke with a level of candor rarely heard at NASCAR events these days.
And he made it abundantly clear that he was calling the shots for the team, at least at the moment.
Haas admitted that his partner and co-owner, Tony Stewart, was opposed to expanding to four cars next year, and with good reason: Stewart has begun a long rehab period to repair two bone breaks suffered in his right leg in an Aug. 5 sprint car crash.
And on top of that, this year's expansion at SHR -- adding a third car for Danica Patrick -- hasn't exactly worked out swimmingly. That didn't deter Haas one bit.
"I don't think Tony was exactly enthralled with what I did," Haas said of the signing of Busch. Then, laughing, Haas added, "But I think he saw it my way, you know. Either that or get out of the building."
It may well have been...