To be a big fish in a small pond or to otherwise play amongst stars is something that befuddles professional athletes every year. Kurt Busch’s free agency has been widely speculated but today, after the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Busch has been made a formal contract offer to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing.
This certainly marks the hardest decision of Busch’s career. Although Stewart-Haas Racing has top-notch equipment, the addition of a fourth car has only just now been confirmed, and the personnel expansion that is necessary may hamper the temperamental Busch to begin 2014. Stewart had previously been adamant about not expanding to four teams.
Recall that when Busch was dispatched from Roush Racing, it was due to his sporadic behavior, while his departure from Penske Racing was far more amicable. Since arriving at Furniture Row Racing this year, Busch has become a fixture in the city, all the while elevating the team.
In my opinion, Busch would be making a mistake by leaving. His entire psyche has changed since arriving at the single-car operation, and I can genuinely say I have enjoyed seeing his success.
At Stewart-Haas Racing, I personally believe Busch would only regress. Aligned with Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick, the media would instantly devour Busch as they have in the past, and he may regress into the mentality which made him the scorn of NASCAR nation.
Ever since 2011, the feeling has been that Busch competes solely to repair his tarnished reputation and to regain a position on an elite team. And now that the opportunity has arrived, it almost feels belittling when compared to the amount of success on and off the track that he has found.
Now ninth in the points after an impressive third place finish at Michigan, Busch should take some time to reflect on the hectic schedule of a NASCAR driver attempting to make the chase under immense pressure. Simply put, if Busch wants to run for a team on the rise and a team that can keep him contending, all he has to do is turn around and look towards Furniture Row Racing.
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