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With the NASCAR Silly Season already in full swing with the changes we've known about and now the new ones that have come to light, one that's really interesting is the possible addition of a fourth team at Stewart-Haas Racing with Kurt Busch as the driver.
I've known Kurt for a long time. In fact, when I was crew chief for Jack Roush at the end of my career, he put me with this rookie named Kurt Busch. We all know Kurt's rap from the past. He's eccentric, volcanic; he's been described every which way.
What can't be ignored or swept under the mat is that Kurt Busch is a former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion and is a winning race car driver. On top of all that and even more important, he can drive the wheels off a race car.
That is something no one can ever doubt. Look what he's done this year with the Furniture Row group. He literally has put them on the map. Don't get me wrong; they are a great group of folks over there at the No. 78, but for the first time, they have a driver they can take full advantage of, and it's been a win-win scenario for both sides.
If they can just tweak their program a little bit in these next three races, they can find themselves in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Folks, that is NO easy feat for a single-car operation that literally is based in Colorado. They are fortunate to have a really strong alliance with Richard Childress Racing, so you can't discount that, but where this organization was before Kurt and where they are with Kurt is light-years apart. To me, it's the "WOW" of our 2013 season.
If they can make the Chase, it would be one for the record books. It really reminds me of back in 1992 when Alan Kulwicki came out of nowhere as an owner/driver and shocked the world by winning the championship. It's a team and driver that wasn't supposed to succeed, but did. Sadly, as we know, Alan didn't get to enjoy his championship all that long because he died in a plane crash on his way to the Bristol race that following spring.
If all the talk is true about the Stewart-Haas opportunity or the possible Richard Childress Racing opportunity for Kurt, should he leave this No. 78 car?
Honestly, that's not for me or anyone else to decide. Only Kurt Busch can weigh everything out and make the best possible decision for his future.
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While team co-owner Tony Stewart is home nursing a broken leg, Stewart-Haas Racing is charging ahead with aggressive plans for 2014.
SHR competition director Greg Zipadelli said Friday the team is pursuing 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch for a fourth team. Meanwhile, Rodney Childers is expected to join the organization to crew chief Kevin Harvick next season.
The flurry of activity...
an extension at Furniture Row Racing.
Due to Pre Season NFL action tonight seven markets are affected for the Saturday night race at Bristol.
The affected markets are:
Buffalo – ABC affiliate WKBW-TV that will join either NASCAR Countdown or the race in progress following 4:30 p.m. Buffalo-Washington game.
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For the moment, Kurt Busch is safe. For the moment he is ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings, and if the regular season were to end today he'd gain an automatic berth into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Unfortunately for Busch and several others who teeter on the edge of an ever-thinning Chase bubble, the postseason doesn't begin today, but instead...
When was the last time a single-car team qualified for the Chase to the Sprint Cup?
When was the last time any team from outside of North Carolina qualified for the Chase to the Sprint Cup?
Furniture Row Racing could be the first team to do both.
When the Chase is set at Richmond International Raceway in just over three weeks, the Denver-based team hopes to make...
Kurt Busch has been offered an extension from Furniture Row Racing.
The contract comes five days after FOXSports.com broke the news that the 2004 champion had received an offer from Stewart-Haas Racing to pilot a fourth car in 2014. Although Busch was offered a deal from FRR earlier this year, he opted to wait and 'kick the tires' before making a final decision.
Stewart Haas is still looking to hire Kurt Busch.
Rodney Childers is moving over to Stewart Haas Racing next year. He is s crew chief for the #55 car.
At Bristol Motor Speedway, there's a fine line between racing and wrecking.
During qualifying on Friday, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson both found out what happens when that line is crossed.
Johnson spun but recovered to qualify 13th. Busch also lost it on his first lap, turned the car around to start the lap over and then spun again on his second attempt. Consequently, Busch...
The fan base is growing for Furniture Row Racing as the Denver-based single-car team is in the playoff mix with three races remaining before the start of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
And one of the fans is Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, who previously coached nine seasons for the Carolina Panthers, located in NASCAR’s racing hub of Charlotte.
KURT BUSCH - WINNER
#78 Furniture Row/Sealy Chevrolet
· Five wins, seven top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole
· Average finish of 13.4
· Average Running Position of 13.2, seventh-best
· Driver Rating of 92.8, seventh-best
· 301 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most
· 838 Green Flag Passes, third-most
Kyle Busch led the way with a lap of 14.961 seconds in the final practice for the IRWIN Tools Night Race from Bristol. Rounding out the top five was Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Joey Logano. Pos # Driver Team Time Behind 1 18 Kyle Busch Doublemint[...]