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Kurt Busch Offically a Member of Stewart-Haas Racing’s 2014 Stable

August 27th, 2013 at 10:05 PM
By Mark Eddinger

Stewart-Haas Racing officially announced on Tuesday that Kurt Busch will join the organization for the 2014 season in a fourth car. The move was put together largely by co-owner Gene Haas.

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Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, will drive a car that is sponsored by Haas's own Haas Automation full-time. The number has not been announced yet but a report was out that SHR is trying to obtain the number 00.

It will be Busch's fourth different organization in the past four seasons. His bad attitude and other antics had Penske Racing send him packing from their Shell-Pennzoil sponsored car after the 2011 season. He then caught on with the unsponsored team of Phoenix Racing for 2012 until he moved over to Furniture Row Racing at the tail of the 2012 season.

Busch has had a 2013 great season with the self-sponsored team and is currently 12th in the points standings only six points away from entering a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup position inside the top ten. There are two races remaining until the Chase field is set.

Haas noticed what Busch has done at Furniture Row and is willing to put his company behind Busch in order to win.

"Kurt Busch is a premier talent, one who gives you the opportunity to win races every week and contend for a championship every year," Haas said. "When he became available, we seized the opportunity to make him a part of Stewart-Haas Racing. This is an organization built on winning, and Haas Automation is a company built on performance. Kurt embodies each of those qualities, and it's why we're investing in his abilities."

After taking less competitive rides with smaller teams the past two season's Kurt Busch couldn't pass up the chance of driving for Stewart-Haas Racing which uses Hendrick Motorsports' chassis.

Stewart-Haas Racing has proven itself to be a very competitive race team," Busch said. "Every team wants to win, but the preparation and resources Gene Haas and Tony Stewart and everyone at SHR put into their racecars each and every week is incredible. This is the kind of situation every driver wants to be in, and I’m grateful to Gene Haas and Haas Automation for providing me this opportunity. I didn’t think anyone wanted to win as much as me until I met Gene Haas.”

Tony Stewart congratulated Gene Haas on getting Kurt Busch to the organization.

“I’ve had a tremendous amount of respect for Kurt’s talent and determination for as long as he’s been racing in the Sprint Cup Series," said Stewart. "Kurt is extremely knowledgeable, and his input will make all of Stewart-Haas Racing better. When Gene Haas laid out his plans for what he wanted to do in regard to this race team’s future, which included bringing Kurt on board in a fourth car, it was impressive. You can’t stand still in this business. You have to constantly improve. Gene’s investment in this race team ensures the success of Stewart-Haas Racing for many years to come.”
 
Success isn't a guarantee for Stewart-Haas Racing as some teams in the past have struggled when trying to run four teams. Tony Stewart won his championship in 2011 when the team only had two cars. With that said the lineup of Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, and Kurt Busch have combined for 93 Sprint Cup Series wins. Danica Patrick will be going into her second full season looking to make steady improvements to become more competitive.
 
In order to make room for four teams an expansion process has begun as the organization has purchased the land adjacent to the team’s existing facility. Construction of a building that will house SHR's research and development, a state-of-the-art pit fitness and training center, and multipurpose space for SHR partners is going to be built.
 
The owner points from Ryan Newman's No. 39 team are going to be used for Kevin Harvick's No. 4 team with Rodney Childers at crew chief. Busch's team will be able to use a past champions provisional if needed in the first three races of the 2014 season in order to get the car without owner points into the race. No announcement has been made yet as to who will serve as Kurt Busch's crew chief.

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Tags: Danica Patrick, Furniture Row Racing, Gene Haas, Haas Automation, Hendrick Motorsports, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Motorsports, NASCAR, Penske Racing, phoenix racing, Sprint Cup Series, Stewart-Haas Racing, Tony Stewart

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