Shortly after the checkered flag waved at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, reports started swirling that took the racing community by surprise. According to reports, Stewart-Haas Racing has made Kurt Busch a formal offer to drive for them in 2014.
Now, if you were like me when you first heard of the news, you are probably thinking well, what about Newman? I thought they didn’t have sponsorship for a 4th car? According to reports, Haas Automation Inc. would be the primary sponsor for the 4th SHR car that Busch would pilot.
Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup Series Champion, currently sits ninth in points after his top-5 finish at Michigan. Currently on a one year contract with Furniture Row Racing, Busch’s plans for 2014 are still up in the air leaving many to wonder where he will end up. Richard Childress Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing were two big possibilities that had been mentioned if Busch decided not to continue with Furniture Row Racing but SHR comes as a big surprise.
Stewart-Haas Racing released a statement last night but was vague on whether or not the reports of the offer were true.
“Stewart-Haas Racing constantly strives to improve itself, and expansion is something that is often discussed. If the right opportunity presents itself, it’s something the team will certainly consider.”
Busch, when asked Friday if any plans had been made for 2014, said the focus on 2013 was most important.
“It’s cool to have talks with Furniture Row about what we can do in 2014 and beyond. The (Earnhardt) Ganassi thing came up and other phone calls have happened. Nothing’s going to change. We’re just still really focused on the Chase and what we can do in these next four weeks together.”
So whether or not the reports of the formal offer are true, the teams and organizations surrounding this report are keeping it under wraps. Buckle up ladies and gentleman, Silly Season is officially underway.