Nov 16, 2013; Homestead, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kurt Busch during practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Kurt Busch: The Jewell Of NASCAR's Silly Season

 

How many times have you wondered how good Kurt Busch could be if he could get his attitude under control, and land a seat in another top-notch ride? One with Hendrick Horsepower! Well it’s happened! All we have to hope for is his attitude. In August last year, it was announced that Kurt would be moving to Stewart-Haas Racing at the start of the 2014 season. A Top-Tier race team, Hendricks Power, and a new chance for Kurt Busch in 2014.

 

The 35 year-old from Las Vegas spent the 2013 season at Furniture Row Racing where he took the third-tier team to rarefied air. The 2004 Nextel Cup Champion didn’t get a win, but did get 11 top five finishes to go along with 16 top tens. He showed fans that if you can drive a race car, you can have success in NASCAR no matter who you drive for.

Busch carried Furniture Row Racing into the Chase, and finished the season tenth in Sprint Cup points, earning his owner well over $5 Million Dollars in prize money.

It should be an interesting season to say the least. Kurt Busch will be teamed with boss, Tony Stewart,  Danica Patrick, and his arch rival, Kevin Harvick. Only time will tell if the chemistry will work, but I’m going out on a limb here, and project Kurt will finish the year ahead of all his teammates. That is if he can behave.

It didn’t appear that there was a good working relation in the early going with new crew chief, Daniel Knost, but we will see if they can work out their differences and put the new 41 in Victory Lane. Kurt has had a history of not being able to get along with crew chiefs, especially if they are too conservative.

Kurt Busch is a “free spirit” and likes to roll the dice. Hey…that’s what makes him a good driver, a winner, and my pick for the Jewel of Silly Season!

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