According to several reports, including reports from ESPN and FOX Sports, Stewart-Haas Racing has extended an offer to Kurt Busch to drive for SHR full-time in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014. Such reports cite anonymous sources affiliated wiith Stewart-Haas Racing.
Busch currently drives the No. 78 Chevrolet for Furniture Row Racing in a one-year deal with that organization. Last year, he drove the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing in a one-year deal with that team. He previously raced multiple seasons for Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing. He won a Sprint Cup championship with RFR in 2004.
Stewart-Haas Racing currently fields three cars full-time in the Sprint Cup Series –the No. 10 driven by Danica Patrick, the No. 14 normally driven by Tony Stewart (Stewart is out of that car for the rest of the season because of injury) and the No. 39 that is being driven by Ryan Newman through the end of this season.
Official announcements from SHR has already put Kevin Harvick in a No. 4 car for next year and Newman being released from the organization. The original announcements stating that Newman wouldn’t be driving for Stewart-Haas next year claimed that the decision to fire Newman had to do with a lack of sponsorship. Harvick brings sponsorship, through Budweiser, with him to SHR.
But, according to reports attaching Busch to a possible fourth Stewart-Haas Racing entry, sponsorship is not an issue. The anonymous sources claim that Haas/CNC, owned by SHR co-owner Gene Haas, would sponsor the fourth car.
Neither Busch nor Stewart-Haas Racing are commenting on the possibility of Busch at SHR in 2014, unless you count this statement by Stewart-Haas Racing spokesman Mike Arning quoted by ESPN:
“Stewart-Haas Racing constantly strives to improve itself, and expansion is something that is often discussed. If the right opportunity presents itself, it’s something the team will certainly consider.”
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