What a weird string of events this weekend at Michigan International Speedway.
Silly Season formally started back in July when SHR announced they would part ways with Ryan Newman after the 2013 season and bring in Kevin Harvick it made Newman a free agent.
At the time, Tony Stewart said they couldn’t afford to fund four teams and that was the reason why Newman would be let go.
Newman went on to win the Brickyard 400 and put himself in Chase contention the last few weeks. Then prior to this past weekend’s Pure Michigan 400 at MIS Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing and Juan Pablo Montoya announced they’d split after the ’13 season making Montoya a free agent as well.
Speculation started around where Montoya, Newman and possibly Kurt Busch would land in 2014. Then the bombshell of an announcement came Sunday night after the race.
It was confirmed SHR had put an offer on the table for the 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion Busch to come race for the team in 2014. Busch would join owner Stewart, Danica Patrick and Harvick in the four car team is he chooses to do so.
Busch is having a remarkable season in 2013 with the lowly budgeted Furniture Row Racing. He sits ninth in the standings and has a great shot at making the Chase with the team which would be a huge upset. FRR is using a heavier 2012 chassis for the season and Busch is thriving in it which is strange. He has six top fives and 11 top 10′s this season and is likely going to be a championship contender.
It’s nice for Busch to have options now. He’s confirmed EGR has also contacted him about running for them in 2014 as well. Really it’s up to Busch to where he wants to land.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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