Report: Kurt Busch joining Stewart-Haas in 2014

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Updated: August 26, 2013

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) – Kurt Busch has reportedly signed a multi-year
contract with Stewart-Haas Racing to drive a fourth car for the team, starting
in 2014.

ESPN.com and FoxSports.com both reported on Monday that Busch has signed a
deal with SHR. Busch told FoxSports.com that “it’s inked.” He also revealed to
ESPN.com that “I’m going to Stewart Haas. I’ve signed my deal.”

Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion, is driving the No. 78 Chevrolet
for Furniture Row Racing this year. He is currently 12th in the standings,
just six points behind 10th-place Joey Logano. The 35-year-old Busch has
scored 24 wins, 95 top-five finishes, 185 top-10 finishes and 16 poles in 459
career Sprint Cup starts. He is hoping to make championship Chase for the
seventh time. Just two races remain before the Chase begins.

SHR has scheduled a press conference on Tuesday to announce its future plans.
There has been wide speculation the racing organization is adding a fourth car
to its stable and Busch would drive it. He will be teammates with Tony
Stewart, who co-owns the team, as well as Danica Patrick and Kevin Harvick,
who is leaving Richard Childress Racing to join SHR at the end of this season.

This past Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, SHR competition director Greg
Zipadelli addressed the possibility of Busch driving a fourth entry for the
team next year.

“As far as Kurt’s deal, that is moving forward,” Zipadelli said. “We spent
some time (last) week talking about buildings and expanding. As far as that
part of it goes, we are pretty much committed … If we can get it all worked
out, we are going to head that way.”