Kurt Busch 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Redemption might not be Kurt Busch’s word of choice to describe his 2013 season. The 2004 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion nonetheless proved to any and all comers that his talents remain undiminished since parting ways with Roger Penske after the 2011 season. Busch's gifted driving helped make Furniture Row Racing's No. 78 Chevrolet SS the first single-car team to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Although the team went winless, its 11 top-five finishes and one pole showcased his talents. Those results prompted Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, to sign Busch for 2014 before obtaining a sponsor, expanding SHR to a four-car team.
The 2012 season was a major challenge for Busch. He started the year in the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet owned by James Finch; his first season he was not part of a major, multi-car organization since his NASCAR Sprint Cup debut with Roush Fenway Racing in 2000. His best finish came at Sonoma Raceway where he wrestled a damaged car to a third-place finish. Busch joined Furniture Row with six races remaining in the season and posted three consecutive top-10 finishes.
Six years at Penske Racing produced 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup victories. In five full seasons with Roush Fenway Racing, Busch scored 14 victories and the first championship under the Chase format in 2004. Jack Roush brought Busch to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2000. He won Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors and finished second to teammate and champion Greg Biffle with four victories -- still a series freshman record. Busch also counts five NASCAR Nationwide Series victories as well as the 2003 IROC championship.
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
Car: No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: August 4, 1978
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Team Owner: Tony Stewart, Gene Haas
Crew Chief: Daniel Knost
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