An announcement that literally no one saw coming happened Sunday night after the Pure Michigan 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.
Stewart-Haas Racing announced they have offered current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch a ride for the 2014 season.
Let’s rewind back to the announcement the week following the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona.
On Friday morning of July 12th at New Hampshire, SHR and Ryan Newman announced they’d part ways following the 2013 season and Kevin Harvick would replace him. Harvick would be bringing Budweiser with him as that was the determining factor given he had funding and Newman didn’t.
SHR said they couldn’t afford to fund a fourth car and didn’t have the resources to do so with Tony Stewart and Danica Patrick returning. Then came this bombshell of an announcement.
Newman who won the Brickyard 400 just two weeks later and has recently positioned himself for a potential spot to make the Chase was let go due to not having funding but Busch was offered a ride when he doesn’t bring funding either. What a slap in the face to the driver who’s now a Brickyard 400 and Daytona 500 champion.
I understand the intrigue with Busch. He’s cleaned up his act and is a hardnosed racer with a chance to win the Sprint Cup title with an underfunded team this year. He currently sits ninth in the points standings with just three races to go before the Chase. He has six top fives and 11 top 10′s in the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet with a 2012 heavier chassis.
Newman on the other hand has four top fives and 10 top 10′s, including his lone victory of the season at Indy. So after the history that Stewart and Newman have since their USAC days in the 90′s why would he basically slap Newman in the face with bringing Busch on?
This is going to be a fun storyline to follow over the next few weeks or until Busch makes his decision on where he will race in 2014.
Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru
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