Busch joins Furniture Row early

Earlier this week, Furniture Row Racing announced that Kurt Busch would be the organization’s driver of choice in 2013, replacing Regan Smith behind the wheel of the No. 78 FRR Chevrolet. On Friday morning, the team announced that Busch would actually be joining the team a little early.

Busch is slated to drive the No. 78 when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Charlotte Motor Speedway Oct. 13.

“In order to get a jump on developing a driver/team chemistry for the 2013 season, both Kurt and Furniture Row Racing felt that this was an important move to make happen,” Furniture Row Racing General Manager Joe Garone said. “While the goal of this decision is to better prepare for 2013, the main focus for the final six races remains the same and that is to complete at a competitive level.”

Although Busch will finish out the 2012 season with Furniture Row Racing, beginning with the Charlotte race, Garone stressed that the organization’s contract with current driver, Regan Smith, will be fully honored. Smith’s contract expires at the end of the season. He has made no announcement, as of yet, regarding his racing plans for 2013.

Busch will continue to drive the No. 51 Chevrolet of Phoenix Racing until joining FRR at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He joined Phoenix Racing in 2012 after a departure from Penske Racing at the end of 2011.

“We want to come out of the chute next year ready and raring to go,” Busch said. “Driving the Furniture Row Chevrolet in the final six races of this season will, obviously, give us a big advantage in our preparations for 2013. The energy level is quite high and I can’t wait to get out to Colorado to meet all the guys and begin this exciting new journey.”

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