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Kurt Busch shifts to No. 41; paint scheme revealed

November 20, 2013, Staff report,

New paint scheme revealed for former Sprint Cup champ

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Kurt Busch will have a new car number to go with his new team in 2014.

Busch will campaign the No. 41 Haas CNC Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next season, starting in February at Daytona International Speedway. He'll make the transition after a little more than a year driving the No. 78 Chevy for Furniture Row Racing, helping the Colorado-based team to its most successful season with a 10th-place finish in Sprint Cup points.

Busch has driven (in order) Nos. 97, 2, 22, 51 and 78 in NASCAR's top series. Next season, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion will don a number that transposes the digits of team owner Tony Stewart's flagship No. 14, the longtime number of his childhood hero, A.J. Foyt.

In an interesting twist, Busch will sport the same car number of long-ago rival Jimmy Spencer, who dramatically sparred with Busch at Bristol and Indianapolis in his days driving the No. 41 for Chip Ganassi.

Monday at the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series banquet in Miami Beach, Ty Dillon -- moving up to the Nationwide tour next season -- said he would favor using the No. 41 should he progress to NASCAR's premier series. His grandfather, longtime team owner and former driver Richard Childress used No. 41 during his early days competing in a NASCAR Modified at Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C.


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