Could The Outlaw be going corporate?
Kurt Busch has fought his way into the top ten in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings in the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet. It has been a remarkable story but there is reason to believe that Busch’s first season with Furniture Row could also be his last.
Busch signed with Furniture Row midway through the 2012 season on a one year deal to drive the No. 78 car. Since that time Busch has taken a team who has spent much of its Sprint Cup existence in the mid-20s to one which regularly contends for top ten finishes. That may have been enough to earn Busch another top ride in the sport.
According to FOX Sports the team of Stewart Haas Racing has submitted an offer for Busch to drive a fourth Sprint Cup car during the 2014 season and beyond. There Busch would be teamed with Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick.
SHR has never denied interest in Busch, even as the organization has said it would not bring Ryan Newman back for the 2014 season. Busch’s car under the reported story would have some sponsorship from SHR co-owner Gene Hass’ company, Haas Automation.
On Sunday at Michigan International Speedway the 2004 Sprint Cup champion finished third in the Pure Michigan 400. There should be more news on this in the coming days. Other teams who have been linked to Busch in one way or another have been RCR, EGR and a return to Furniture Row though they have not offered him a contract yet.
Busch later told ESPN that he had multiple offers for 2014 but did not disclose them.
“I’ve received offers from multiple teams,” Busch said. “This isn’t a decision I’m taking lightly. I’m looking at what teams have planned long term and want to be in a place where my opinion and input is valued. I like to be involved in the process like I have been here at Furniture Row. At the same time, I was hoping to not have this distraction while working with my guys to get us in the Chase.”