CONCORD, N.C.—If you thought Kurt Busch was going to a single-car team, think again — sort of.
Busch recently signed on with Furniture Row Racing, a single-car operation based in Denver, Colo., but Furniture Row has a strong alliance with Richard Childress Racing as a customer for engines, chassis and technical support.
Busch will run the next six races with Furniture Row, having replaced Regan Smith in the rdie after last Sunday’s event at Talladega.
“The basic core concept is just to get familiar with everything, communication, the process on how the team operates through some of their sequences of changes with the car,” said Busch, who qualified 21st for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte in his first competitive outing in the No. 78 Chevrolet. “All the information that I have from my days at Penske, my days at Roush and then working with some of the Hendrick guys (during his tenure at Phoenix Racing) this year – all that information I need to be able to digest and give to them the right way.
“It’s all just what I have in my head. You’re not really able to take your trade secrets as far as paper. But what I have in my mind and what I’ve done over the last 18 months is definitely relevant, and I need to translate that to these guys. Most importantly, it’s fitting in with them and finding out how they have done things, getting in with the RCR system on how they communicate between the haulers. (Kevin) Harvick is a teammate, (Paul) Menard is a teammate and Jeff Burton is a teammate today, so I’ve got to go around and shake hands with those guys as well.”