NASCAR’s version of free agency, better known as silly season, is in full effect and the latest driver to make a big move is Kurt Busch.
ESPN reported on Monday that Busch has signed a multi-year contract with Stewart-Haas Racing set to begin in the 2014 season. An official press conference is expected for Tuesday to announce SHR’s latest expansion and the arrival of Busch to the team. Currently, Busch races with Furniture Row Racing in the No.78 car in what was part of a one-year deal.
Following the race at Michigan, Busch’s name was involved with rumors that SHR had offered him a deal to join the team. Days later during the race weekend at Bristol, reports had also surfaced that Furniture Row had offered him an extension. Two days after that, it became official that Busch would become the fourth driver at SHR.
The move to SHR is a brand new opportunity for Busch, something that may not have been around two years ago after some of his troubles. Busch has managed plenty since then, whether it was behind the wheel of a car or not.
Moving to SHR may be a big opportunity, but considering how the 2013 season has been going for Busch with Furniture Row, he should have considered staying with the team a bit longer. The season has seen Busch improve in his results and competing up front for wins. Despite not having captured a win this season, Busch is competing for a possible spot in the chase.
While working with Furniture Row, Busch was with a team where all the focus went towards only one ride, and the team has a great relationship with the driver as seen throughout 2013. It’s unfortunate that the relationship which has worked between them won’t continue.