Kurt Busch signs with Furniture Row Racing

Kurt Busch was released from Penske Racing at the end of last season. (Getty Images)

Former NASCAR champion Kurt Busch has signed a one year deal with Furniture Row Racing the team announced late Monday.

Busch will replace driver Regan Smith who joined the team in 2009.

“Though we have made strides as a resourceful single-car Sprint Cup team, we are not where we want to be, which led us to the difficult decision of making a driver change as we move forward,” said Furniture Row Racing’s general manager Joe Garone. “Kurt’s exceptional driving talent has the capacity to take a team to another level. We look forward to having Kurt join our Denver-based organization and feel his racing experience will play an important role as we plan ahead to 2013.”

Busch has been a full time driver in the Sprint Cup Series since 2001. He has 427 Cup starts and has scored 24 wins, 89 top-fives, 171 top-10s and 15 poles. He has qualified for the Chase six times in the past nine years and won the 2004 inaugural Chase season championship in his third full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. MORE>>>

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