Kurt Busch Could Take Another Step Back if He Leaves Furniture Row in 2014

By Michael Guzman
Kurt Busch
Andrew Weber-USA Today Sports

Kurt Busch has experienced one of the rarest feats in racing, and he may blow it all with a decision he will have to make shortly. Second chances in racing do not happen, but Kurt Busch somehow got one after being dispatched by both Penske Racing and Roush Racing.

Unceremoniously and Kurt Busch go together. So does conflict. Busch, much like his younger brother Kyle Busch, is one of the most polarizing and controversial figures in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, while Kyle often finds his way into victory lane, Kurt’s performance on the track that at certain points put his career in jeopardy.

That is until 2013 when Kurt Busch joined Furniture Row Racing and created a rather likeable combination. In all honesty, despite being a critic of Kurt Busch his entire career, the minimal amount of conflict he has created with an underdog single-car team has proven to be a combination worth rooting for.

“We spent a week in Colorado meeting with Denver media,” Busch told Bob Pockrass of The Sporting News. “They have adopted us as a fifth sports entity for that town … it’s cool to have had talks with Furniture Row about what we can do in 2014 and beyond.”

If Kurt Busch is so committed to Furniture Row, then why would he speak to Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing about Juan Pablo Montoya’s vacated seat? Why would Busch not dispel all the rumors associating him with Richard Childress Racing and Kevin Harvick’s open seat?

Kurt Busch is 34 years old and his veteran career is now taking another twist. Busch simply doesn’t belong with the scheme of multi-car teams at this point. His off-track life is settling down and in the garage area Busch is certainly not the loose cannon that he was at this point a year ago.

“It’s not that I’m a sore loser … I just need to win more.” Those words that Busch told Jeff Gluck of USA Today summarize Busch’s career with Furniture Row Racing thus far. Busch has transformed himself a bit from sore loser to impassioned competitor. But, he does need to win more if he has any hope of contending for the title.

Those victories can certainly be achieved if not this season, very shortly with Furniture Row Racing. The team has expanded from Hendrick Motorsports development team to independent entity seamlessly. 2014 may see them switching from Chevrolet to Toyota. At this point, they need to do whatever they can to just keep Kurt Busch happy. Simply put, in order for both sides to become elite contenders, it has become apparent Kurt Busch may need Furniture Row more than they need him.

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