Kurt Busch and Furniture Row recently announced a partnership that will transition the NASCAR driver from the No. 51 Chevrolet of Phoenix team to the No. 78 Chevy of Furniture Row Racing.
Critics have said that switching from the Chevrolet team to Furniture Row Racing is a lateral move for Busch, but he reported that it's a slap in the face to his new team for people to say that.
"This is a partnership that puts two programs together, such as myself and Furniture Row, on the same page to move the needle," Busch said Friday before practice at Dover International Speedway. "When you get into the Chase, you have teams that have the highest level driver, highest level pit crew, highest level engineering support, engines and everything else. That's what Furniture Row has."
Busch added that Furniture Row is a "diamond in the rough," and the program has went undiscovered for years, not yet reaching its full potential.
The NASCAR driver signed a one-year deal with the team for 2013 and will race two more times for Phoenix before moving to Furniture Row for the final six races of the season. He signed with Phoenix in the offseason after leaving Penske Racing following multiple altercations with reporters. The then raced in the Daytona 500 with the best opportunity to win the race as a result of team owner James Finch's expertise with restrictor-plate tracks.
Despite expectations to do well in the race, Busch crashed several times in the first two months of the season and finished in the top 20 only eight times out of 27 starts. Despite just switching over to a new team, Busch hasn't ruled out the possibility of switching teams once again in the offseason.
"I might not need to test the waters of the free agent market," he said. "It's a matter of finding the comfort zone. Taking this step back this year has allowed me to see how more of the integral part of the sport works."
He added that its been refreshing to look at perspectives from different avenues and he feels better as he prepares to settle in with his new team, hoping to improve his performance in races.
NASCAR journalist Chris Economaki, who was known as the dean of American motorsports journalism, recently passed at the age of 91. During his career, Economaki covered almost every form of motorsports.