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#41 NASCAR Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Stewart-Haas Racing
Kurt Busch
Gene Haas Foundation
True Speed Communication (PR)

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Monster Energy (?16+2 races)
Haas Automation (?19+1 races)
State Water Heaters (1 race)
State Water Heaters Racing
Mobil 1 (1 race)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
Rush Truck Centers
Oakley
Atlas Copco Compressors
Panic Switch
Alpine Stars

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Stewart Haas Racing - Twitter
Stewart Haas Racing - Facebook
Stewart Haas Racing - Instagram
Stewart Haas Racing - Pinterest
Stewart Haas Racing - YouTube
Stewart Haas Racing - Google+
Kurt Busch - Twitter
Kurt Busch - Facebook

STATISTICS
Kurt Busch - ESPN.com
Kurt Busch - RacingReference.info

MORE INFO
2017 #41 Paint Schemes
2016 #41 Paint Schemes
2015 #41 Paint Schemes
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact

Races [?17+2*] that Monster Energy is scheduled to be the primary sponsor (on the hood) in 2017:
Daytona, Clash at Daytona - 2/18*
Atlanta - 3/5
Las Vegas - 3/12
Martinsville - 4/2
Texas - 4/9
Charlotte, All-Star Race - 5/20
Michigan - 6/18
Sonoma - 6/25
Daytona - 7/1
Indianapolis - 7/23
Pocono - 7/30
Michigan - 8/13
Bristol - 8/20
Darlington - 9/3
Chicago - 9/17
TBA

Races [?18+1*] that Haas Automation is scheduled to be the primary sponsor (on the hood) in 2017:
Daytona, Can-Am Duel 150 - 2/23
Daytona - 2/26
Phoenix - 3/19
Auto Club - 3/26
Bristol - 4/23
Talladega - 5/7
Kansas - 5/13
Charlotte - 5/28
Dover - 6/4
Pocono - 6/11
Kentucky - 7/8
New Hampshire - 7/16
Watkins Glen - 8/6
Richmond - 9/9
the rest TBA

Races [1] that Mobil1 is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
Richmond - 4/30

Races [1] that State Water Heaters is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2017:
TBA

Contract Status:
Driver: 2017;
Primary Sponsors:
Monster Energy: 2017?;
Mobil1: 2018+
State Water Heaters: 2017?
Haas Automation (team owner company)


#41 Team / Driver News

Still no deal for Kurt Busch: With just eight days remaining in the 2017 Monster Energy Series NASCAR Cup Season, Kurt Busch still does not have a signed deal to drive in 2018. That is despite Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) announcing other major news, including Aric Almirola for the #10 and an Xfinity Series alliance with Biagi-DenBeste Racing. So, what about the reigning Daytona 500 winner and the 2004 Cup Series champion?[More](1-11-2017)

Stewart-Haas crew chief lineup not set Greg Zipadelli said the 2018 crew chief line up for Stewart-Haas Racing is still a work in progress. Tony Stewart's proclaimed during the Aric Almirola press conference on Wednesday that Billy Scott and his crewmen-currently with Danica Patrick-would remain with the #10 team next season as Almirola transitions into the seat. The former championship crew chief turned competition director for SHR told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio later in the day he's in no rush to formulate a plan.[More](11-10-2017)

State Water Heaters featured on Kurt Busch's car at Martinsville Kurt Busch will drive the #41 State Water Heaters Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). It's a different look for the #41 Ford this week, but State has long been associated with NASCAR and SHR. In 1946, State Water Heaters was founded by Herbert Lindahl, Sr., as a small entrepreneurial company in a garage in Nashville, Tennessee producing coal- and wood-burning stoves. By 1948, one year before Red Byron won the very first NASCAR race at Martinsville, the company produced its first water heater. The #41 State Water Heater Ford Fusion will carry decals on the lower-rear quarter panel for Barrett Machine Inc. and Haas Factory Outlet Greensboro (NC)(Stewart-Haas Racing / True Speed Communication)[Read More Here](10-25-2017)

Court date set for Patricia Driscoll: The federal criminal trial of Patricia Pauline Driscoll on charges she defrauded the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) and used funds earmarked to help wounded soldiers and their families as her own personal slush fund for travel, alcohol and jewelry, among other things, is set for February 5, 2018.[More](10-23-2017)

NASCAR community rallies to support Las Vegas: Las Vegas native drivers will have t-shirts and stickers available for sale in support of victims and families.[More](10-6-2017)

Sunday Dover Notebook - Ryan Newman falls just short in bid to advance in Playoff The post-mortem on the run that eliminated Ryan Newman from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff boils down to three simple words-not good enough. Newman left Dover International Speedway with a 13th-place finish in Sunday's Apache Warrior 400, a result that left him two points short of advancing to the Playoff's Round of 12. Thanks to a fortunate bit of race strategy that garnered seven points in the first stage of the race, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., not Newman, survives to fight another day. Newman also played a role in the outcome of the race. As eventual winner Kyle Busch was closing on then-leader Chase Elliott, Newman was running in front of Elliott, trying desperately to remain on the lead lap. Busch overtook Elliott with just over one lap left, and that led to a testy post-race exchange between Newman and Jeff Gordon, who preceded Elliott in the #24 Chevrolet and still has a piece of the action at Hendrick Motorsports.
KURT BUSCH'S HORRIBLE LUCK CONTINUES AT DOVER Kurt Busch entered the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff buoyed by three straight top-five finishes and looked to be a lock to advance to the Round of 12. Then his season fell apart. At Chicagoland, it was a loose wheel and a pit road speeding penalty. At New Hampshire, it was a race-ending wreck in a dense cloud of smoke, after Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick was turned in front of him. And on Sunday at Dover, it was an ill-handling car on long runs, an inopportune caution that trapped Busch two laps down and a subsequent commitment line violation.
TO NO ONE'S SURPRISE, JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUND SPEED AT DOVER Suffice it to say, Sunday's run in the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway was a major source of encouragement for Jimmie Johnson, who found enough speed to post his fourth top-five finish of the season and advance comfortably into the Round of 12 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff.(NASCAR Wire Service)[See Full Notes Here](10-2-2017)

Tony Stewart says team lineup not set for 2018: Although SHR has not picked up the option on the 2017 Daytona 500 winner and 2004 Cup champion yet, Tony Stewart expects Busch to remain with the organization.[More](9-20-2017)

Leavine Family Racing considering a 2nd team; has talked to Kahne & Busch hearing Kasey Kahne could be heading #95 LFR w/alliance from Hendrick Motorsports. Current #95 driver, Michael McDowell could move to Front Row Motorsports in the #34 or their third team, since FRM holds three Charters #34, #38 and one that is being leased (Jayski)(8-28-2017)
UPDATES: As he heads into Sunday's opening race of the 10-race playoffs, he's also trying to put together a plan for 2018. Kahne is apparently close to signing a deal with Leavine Family Racing to drive the #95 next season.(Associated Press)
AND Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine said his team has talked to drivers, including Kasey Kahne, about driving the #95 NASCAR Cup car next year.(ESPN)
AND Leavine Family Racing owner Bob Leavine said Friday his organization is "50-50" on whether it will expand to a two-car team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series next season. Leavine said has spoken with several drivers regarding next season, including Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch and [current driver Michael] McDowell.(Motorsport)[Read More Here](9-16-2017)

Crew Chief Gibson would like to transition to a different role sometime soon Having put in over 30 years on the NASCAR circuit, Tony Gibson is starting to look toward a change in pace. Monday morning, Gibson - the crew chief for #41-Kurt Busch at Stewart-Haas Racing - told "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio he would like to transition to a different role sometime soon. Gibson, 52, has been a full-time crew chief in the NASCAR Cup Series for the last nine seasons. "I'd like to but it's like I told them from day one, I'll do whatever the company wants me to do," Gibson said of looking to spend more time with family, including a new grandson. "Stewart-Haas Racing has been great to me. They have bent over backward for me and gave me a great job, surrounded me with great drivers, crews and supported my family. It's a great place to work. "I'll do whatever they need me to do, but I would very soon like to take a lesser role and still be involved and help all four teams, but be able to spend more time at home while my health is somewhat good to be able to do some of those things. But I'll do whatever these people ask me to do. I'm game for whatever but I am getting old, and the grind will get you. After 31 years it will absolutely wear you into the ground."(Racer)[Read More Here](8-29-2017)

Decision day nearing for Monster Energy sponsorship deals: Monster Energy is coming up on a crucial period, as it is determines whether to extend its title sponsorship with NASCAR and its team deal with Stewart-Haas Racing. The energy drink company's deal with SHR expires after this year, while the title sponsorship is slated to run through '18. Sources said that Monster is contractually obligated to let NASCAR know by sometime in December whether it will pick up a two-year option on the original two-year, $20M annual deal that would then extend through '20.[More](8-16-2017)

Kurt Busch willing to return to Stewart-Haas: Kurt Busch continues to field offers after Stewart-Haas Racing opted not to pick up the 2018 option on his contract Aug. 1, but the 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion said a return to the team would be a simple matter. "It's as easy as them giving me an offer," Busch said in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports.[More](8-15-2017)

Gene Haas optimistic that Kurt Busch will return: Despite not picking up Kurt Busch's contract option for 2018, Gene Haas told Kickin' the Tires and another reporter, on Saturday, that he is "optimistic" the 2017 Daytona 500 winner will return to the team. The problem, Haas said, was that Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is waiting to see what the sponsor of the #41 intends to do going forward. Haas, who owns Haas CNC, is a co-primary sponsor with Monster Energy, so it is doubtful he's waiting for a decision from his own company.[More](8-13-2017)

Kurt Busch confirms SHR does not pick up option for '18: Kurt Busch didn't appear stressed Saturday morning talking about his contract status -- he is now a free agent and able to look for 2018 -- and whether he would return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season. The 2004 NASCAR Cup champion has driven for SHR since 2014, but sponsor Monster Energy has not announced a decision on whether it would return to SHR and Busch.[More](8-5-2017)

Kurt Busch not returning to Stewart-Haas? Stewart-Haas Racing has informed Busch the organization will not pick up the option on the 2017 Daytona 500 winner and 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion for next season. [More](8-1-2017)

Stewart-Haas Racing could look a bit different in 2018 While #4-Kevin Harvick signed an extension with Stewart-Haas Racing last May, and #14-Clint Bowyer is in the first year of his contract, drivers #41-Kurt Busch and #10-Danica Patrick are not locked in for next season. "Contracts are signed - and expire - at all different times," Haas told motorsport.com. "It's hard to say when one person's contract is going to expire because there are options and things like that. I think that's why they call it silly season. We kind of start looking at what we want to do. The drivers do the same thing. Sponsors do the same thing. In order for all the pieces to fall into place, you have to take all three parties - you've got to take the drivers, the owners and the sponsors and see if you can't align all the stars up and get them to agree on something." Haas has no plans of eliminating any of his four Cup squads.(Motorsportts.com)[Read More Here](7-4-2017)

Kurt Busch looking for rare Daytona sweep #41-Kurt Busch led only one lap in this year's Daytona 500. But it was the most important one - the final lap. The 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion added a win in the sport's biggest race to his resume. Busch returns to Daytona International Speedway for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola attempting to join Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Allison, LeeRoy Yarborough, Cale Yarborough and Fireball Roberts as the only drivers to sweep the races at "The World Center of Racing."(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](7-1-2017)

Kurt Busch not worried about contract status or sponsorship for 2018 Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion, met with media members Thursday prior to opening Monster Energy Cup Series practice at Daytona International Speedway, among the Q&A's were:
ARE YOU STARTING TO GET WORRIED THAT MONSTER HASN'T DECIDED YET TO SPONSOR THE 41 NEXT YEAR? "I don't have any worries. I know that I delivered for the team. Our performance level isn't one that should be in question. Winning the Daytona 500 is special, but performing week in and week out, the deliverables that I bring sponsorship wise, that comes into play. I know that they're working with NASCAR to try to sort out their issues with NASCAR and the entitlement sponsor. So there's a lot of moving parts. But I don't feel any fear whatsoever. I actually feel really confident on the sponsorship that I bring. Ford Performance's involvement with Stewart-Haas and how I blended in with this team, I feel great."
CAN YOU CLARIFY YOUR CONTRACT STATUS? THIS RACE SEEMS TO BE MORE ABOUT TRACK POSITION. HOW HAS THAT CHANGED? "For me, the team has the option on my contract and they just have to notify me by a certain date if they are going to pick that option up. It's as easy as that. I feel that however the timing works out I feel very confident that everything will come together. As far as the average running position and where you need to be at Daytona and Talladega to win, I think it's all about the final segment running position. Wherever the numbers have shown, I think you have to be at the top-six to have a shot at it."(Ford Performace)[Read More Q&A Here](6-30-2017)

Bryson Byrnes presents third annual Byrnsie Award to Tony Gibson In honor of the late Steve Byrnes, FOX Sports created the Byrnsie Award, given to a member of the NASCAR community who most exemplified the qualities that Byrnes portrayed throughout his distinguished broadcast career and life. This year, Byrnes' son, Bryson, presented the third annual Byrnsie Award to Tony Gibson, crew chief for Kurt Busch and the #41 Stewart-Haas Racing team.(FoxSports.com)[Read More Here](6-28-2017)

Kurt Busch to Serve as Honorary Chairman at 2017 MSHFA Induction Ceremony: Kurt Busch, the 2017 DAYTONA 500 champion and former champion of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will serve as the Honorary Chairman for the 29th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) Induction Ceremony at the Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach on June 28.[More](5-18-2017)

FBI Documents Show Patricia Driscoll Used Charity Money in Legal Fight Against Kurt Busch Newly discovered FBI documents show Patricia Driscoll, who is under federal indictment for allegedly misappropriating over $600,000 from a charity designed to help wounded military members and their families, used money from the Armed Forces Foundation to pay her attorney fees in a court case where she accused her ex-boyfriend, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch, of assaulting her.(see the full article at Kickin' the Tires)(4-23-2017)

Changing track has made Bristol tougher on Kurt Busch Kurt Busch is tied with his brother Kyle for most victories among active drivers at Bristol Motor Speedway. Only one problem: that's ancient history. Busch earned four of his five Bristol victories during a five-race stretch from spring 2002 through spring 2004. His last win at the .533-mile high-banked short track came in the spring of 2006, his first season with team owner Roger Penske. Since then, the feast has turned to famine, and Busch knows why. It has everything to do with changes to the track that have opened up the outside lane - and simultaneously opened the path to victory for a much broader group of drivers. Busch ran third at BMS in last year's spring race, matching his best finish since his most recent victory.(NASCAR Wire Service)[More](4-22-2017)

Kurt Busch files countersuit against agent: Kurt Busch has filed a countersuit against former agent Jon Caponigro, whose firm sued Busch for $1.4 million for unpaid and future fees after Busch terminated the deal last year. Busch, in a court filing Friday, said he had paid Caponigro's firm $1.3 million since 2011 and is asking to be awarded "millions" in damages.[More](3-25-2017)

Kurt Busch says Roush-Yates engines contributing to Stewart-Haas' fast start: #41-Kurt Busch says he Roush-Yates engines are contributing to Stewart-Haas' fast start in 2017. He spoke to the media Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.[More](3-11-2017)

Kurt Busch Indy-Charlotte double unlikely in 2017 The club comprised of drivers who have won both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 currently has two members - Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt. Kurt Busch, who won the Daytona 500 last Sunday, may have his sights set on joining that exclusive clique. Three of the of the congratulatory texts Busch received after the Daytona win came from the Andretti clan - Mario, Michael and Marco. It was Michael, you'll recall, who fielded the Andretti Autosport entry Busch drove to a sixth-place finish in the 2014 Indianapolis 500 in his only IndyCar start. Though Busch seems eager to try the Indy/Charlotte double again at some point in his career, scheduling obligations are likely to preclude the possibility this year.(NASCAR Wire Service)[More](3-4-2017)

Race recap: Patient Kurt Busch wins wild Daytona 500 - without looking back: His car damaged in a wreck on the backstretch and held together with tape, Kurt Busch grabbed the lead on the final lap of the 59th Daytona 500 on Sunday and took the checkered flag in the Great American Race as a capstone to a checkered career that has trended upward since Busch joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.[More](2-27-2017)

Kurt Busch wins the Daytona 500: #41-Kurt Busch won the 59th Annual Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Daytona and 29th career win. Busch led only the final lap after taking the lead from #42-Larson, who ran out of gas after taking the white flag.
#21-Blaney finished a career best 2nd, followed by #47-Allmendinger, #43-Almirola, #27-Menard, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #15-Waltrip (in his final Cup race), #32-DiBenedetto, and #6-Bayne.
The "big one" happened on lap 127 when contact between #1-McMurray, #48-Johnson, and #6-Bayne led to a 16 car accident that eliminated #48-Johnson, #14-Bowyer, #10-Patrick, #96-Kennignton, and #37-Buescher.
Another big wreck followed on lap 141. #1-McMurray tried to pull inside of #24-Elliott but caught his bumper. 11 cars were involved and #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski, #13-TDillon and #19-Suarez were eliminated from the race.
#24-Chase Elliott, the pole sitter, led 23 laps on the day, and was leading with 3 laps to go, but had a hiccup on gas and fell back to 14th at the finish.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr., running in his first race since Kentucky last July, started 2nd and was running near the front of the field when he was caught in an accident with Kyle Busch on lap 106. The team could not make repairs and he finished 37th.
#18-Busch was the leader at the end of stage one on lap 60, but he spun out when a tire went down on lap 106 and finished 38th.
#4-Harvick won stage two on lap 120, but got damage in an accident and finished 22nd.
There were 37 lead changes among 18 drivers and 8 cautions for 40 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 143.187mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, February 27 at 3:00am/et on FS1 and Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30am/et on FS1
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and [NOTE: money won is no longer reported] more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf),
Penalty Report (pdf),
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(2-26-2017)

Kurt Busch being sued by former agent: Sports Management Network alleges NASCAR driver #41-Kurt Busch owes more than $1 million in contractual obligations after he abruptly ended his contract. A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court this month claims Busch, a former NASCAR champion, agreed in or around July 2012 to the compensate 10% of all revenue paid from personal services agreements to the network under a representation agreement beginning in January 2013. The move took place after "it became apparent that the money Defendants would receive in 2012 from KB's professional driving activities would be a fraction of what they previously receive," reads the lawsuit. SMN offered to modify Busch's payment obligation from $250,000 to $125,000 in 2012, which was accepted by the driver and Kurt Busch Inc. with the 10% stipulation through 2018, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit claims payments were made under the new terms through the first quarter of 2016 without any issues until Busch terminated his relationship with SMN and "ceased paying SMN altogether from that point forward." Alan Miller, a Birmingham, Michigan-based attorney representing Busch said they will fight against the lawsuit, which includes nine counts such as breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation. "We believe the lawsuit is without merit, and we plan to vigorously defend the lawsuit," he said. He declined any further comment at this time. They have not yet filed a response to the lawsuit.(Michigan Live)(2-17-2017)

Changes with Kurt Busch's crew; going for championship record: As #41-Kurt Busch embarks on his 17th full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his fourth with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), he has a good reason to feel right at home as the driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, as the 2017 marks a homecoming for Busch to Ford Motor Company, the manufacturer with whom he won the 2004 Cup Series championship. It was Busch's first Cup Series title and Ford's most recent. Busch will attempt to surpass NASCAR Hall of Famer Terry Labonte's record for time between championships -12 seasons separated Labonte's two titles in 1984 and 1996 - and do it with the Dearborn, Michigan-based manufacturer with whom his NASCAR Cup Series career began. Five new crew members join the Tony Gibson-led Haas Automation/Monster Energy crew 2017 season. Scott Barnette, J.D. Frey, Todd Hamm, Matthew Kennedy and Tony Raines join Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) and the #41 team. Barnette will serve as the second gas man, Frey as a mechanic, Hamm as the engine tuner, Kennedy as the third engineer and Raines as the spotter.(SHR)(2-11-2017)

Spotter changes in 2017: Monday evening Fox Sports' Alan Cavana tweeted a list of known spotter changes in the Cup series this season:
#20-Matt Kenseth - Jason Hedlesky
#41-Kurt Busch - Tony Raines
#77-Erik Jones - Rick Carelli
#34-Landon Cassill - Freddie Kraft
AND: As previously announced, Kenseth's former spotter, Chris Osborne, will work with #19-Daniel Suarez.(2-1-2017)

Vettel beats Busch brothers in Race of Champions: In a contest of America vs. everyone else, the world had a solid day, despite the best efforts of Kurt and Kyle Busch. Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel defended his Nations Cup title for Germany and Norwegian former World Rally champion Petter Solberg romped Scott Speed by 2.1 seconds in the decisive final of the "America vs. The World" competition in the Race of Champions at Marlins Park. The Nations Cup final came down to the Buschs and their Team NASCAR against Vettel, and he was more than up to the challenge in winning for a record seventh time, beating the former NASCAR Cup champions single-handedly. He beat Kurt Busch in a buggy by 1.2 seconds in the final and Kyle Busch by .22 in a rally car. The Buschs also were crucial in the unique second event, in which a team of Americans competed against a world contingent in a series of best-of-threes, with points awarded for each win. Kurt Busch won one of his two events and his younger brother both, including a sweep of F1 driver Jensen Button that gave the Americans a two-point lead entering the final. But Solberg's win over Speed was worth three points, giving the global team an 8-5 triumph.(USA Today)(1-23-2017)

Stewart pleased with move to Ford; #14 team needs sponsorship: The move from Chevrolet to Ford during the offseason was more than just an undertaking of putting new body panels on the cars for Stewart-Haas Racing. As part of the switch, SHR now solely relies on building its own chassis (the car frame) instead of getting chassis from Hendrick Motorsports. That change by itself meant adding people to the payroll and a lot more work to get ready for 2017. Team co-owner Tony Stewart seems pleased with how his team has converted to a new fleet of cars. Speaking at the Ford Performance racing support center, Stewart said Wednesday he feels confident his team has been organized well enough to make the switch without losing a beat. SHR doesn't build engines. It will move from Hendrick engines to Ford supplier Roush Yates Engines. Stewart said he felt the transition so far was smoother than he thought it would be when the team made the decision to change, a decision it did not take lightly considering Stewart's long relationship with General Motors and the quality cars and engines SHR had in winning the 2011 title with Stewart and the 2014 title with Kevin Harvick.
Even great performance doesn't always translate into sponsorship. While SHR will field four cars in 2017, Clint Bowyer, stood in front of a Mobil 1-branded car during the event even though Mobil just has a few races with Bowyer next season. The team has not announced an anchor sponsor for the majority of races for Bowyer, who replaces Stewart in the #14 NASCAR Cup car. "We're still working, still looking for sponsors for the 14 car so feel free to bring whatever you've got," Stewart told the media. The Bowyer car would run without sponsorship, if necessary, or with the Haas Automation logos of team co-owner Gene Haas on the car. Even with Ford support (manufacturers give teams money in addition to engineering support), Stewart said sponsorship is vital.(ESPN.com)(1-19-2017)

Congrats Kurt Busch: Kurt Busch announced on Twitter / Facebook that he and Ashley Van Metre are married: "My life completely changed when fate brought us together. So happy to call you my wife."(1-10-2017)

Pizza sponsor for Kurt Busch? on Thursday, Stewart-Haas Racing announced that Hunt Brother's Pizza would sponsor Kevin Harvick for four 2017 XFINITY Series races in SHR's #41 Ford. Hearing that Hunt Brother's Pizza will also sponsor the #41 Ford of Kurt Busch in a race or two (1-6-2017)

Haas involved in purchase of Concord, North Carolina building: A Concord building developed by racing legends Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon has sold for $11 million. The 180,000-square-foot commercial and industrial structure, called Motor Speedway Commerce Center, remains in the NASCAR racing family. It was bought by a West Coast investment buyer, Pegh Investments, which is owned by Gene Haas, a principal in the Kannapolis-based Stewart-Haas Racing. The building, located at 6301 Performance Drive, is currently split between the corporate office and distribution center for Lionel and distribution space for Fanatics Retail Group. The structure was built in 1997 by a joint-venture group including Earnhardt, Gordon and Ken Barber. It's built on 16 acres within sight of the Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Charlotte Business Journal)(12-31-2016)

Stewart-Haas Racing signs deal with Nike: Stewart-Haas Racing has signed a six-figure value-in-kind deal with Nike to outfit the team starting next season, when SHR switches manufacturers from Chevy to Ford. SHR did not previously have a sole apparel manufacturer and instead had different brands worn by team members. However, because of the switch to Ford, SHR will have to get all new apparel since Chevy's logo is on its current gear, and the team decided the time was right to go out and find one official partner. Nike will outfit the organization with various forms of apparel, and in return gets the exposure from the gear being worn publicly, plus signage on SHR's pit practice facility and weight room.
Meanwhile, [SHR VP/Sales & Marketing Mike Verlander] said that as part of the switchover from Chevy to Ford, SHR will also slightly tweak its logo. The new logo is not ready to be released, but Verlander said it will be a small change. SHR currently has a light blue logo, so switching to a darker shade to align with Ford's darker-blue logo is a possibility.(Sports Business Daily)(10-27-2016)

Driscoll charged with stealing from charity UPDATE: The former girlfriend of NASCAR driver #41-Kurt Busch has been charged with stealing from a military charity she led. Court documents don't say how much prosecutors believe Patricia Driscoll took from the District of Columbia-based Armed Forces Foundation, whose mission is to support service members, veterans and their families. But a 2014 tax return for the non-profit says that the "foundation has become aware of suspected misappropriations" by Driscoll totaling more than $599,000 for the years 2006 to 2014. It says she misused money for meals, travel, parking tickets, makeup and gifts. Driscoll was indicted on two counts each of wire fraud, mail fraud, and tax evasion, and one count of attempts to interfere with administration of Internal Revenue laws.(Associated Press/ESPN.com)(9-20-2016)
UPDATE: Patricia Pauline Driscoll, 38, walked into the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, which sits in the shadows of the nation's Capitol, early Wednesday morning to turn herself over to U.S. Marshals after being indicted on two counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud, two counts of tax evasion, one count of interference with the administrations of IRS laws and one count of 1st degree fraud and she was kept in a holding cell until her arraignment at 1:45pm that afternoon. Standing before U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey, Driscoll was dressed in a khaki suit with her hair in a bun and sporting dark-rimmed spectacles, she stood mostly silent, except to answer the Judge and converse with her attorney. She acknowledged she understood the charges against her and that she also understood her right to remain silent. Speaking on her behalf, her attorney Barry Pollock, said his client pleads, "not guilty on all counts." Driscoll was released on her own recognizance but must report weekly to the federal Pre-Trial Services Division and surrender her passport. She was also ordered to stay within 50-miles of Washington D.C. unless she get permission from pre-trial services and is forbidden to leave the country without an order form the court. (Kickin the Tires)(9-23-2016)

Kurt Busch tests car in Abu Dhabi: Before heading back home to the United States for Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, #41-Kurt Busch got the chance to test a Formula One car on the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The course plays host to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix -- F1's final race of the season. Busch also toured Lithuania and attended the Formula One Europe Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off-weekend.(FoxSports)(6-22-2016)

Stewart-Haas Racing switching to Ford in 2017: Ford Performance announced Stewart-Haas Racing will switch to Ford as its auto manufacturer partner starting with the 2017 NASCAR season. The multiyear agreement means that, beginning with Daytona Speedweeks in February 2017, the four-car Stewart-Haas Racing team will race the Ford Fusion with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.
"We are thrilled to be able to add a championship-level team like Stewart-Haas Racing to our Ford NASCAR program," said Raj Nair, executive vice president and Chief Technical Officer, Ford Motor Company. "Tony Stewart and Gene Haas have the same passion for winning that we do, and bring a strong stable of drivers and personnel that fit into what we're trying to do in the sport."
"We have said very clearly that we are not in NASCAR just to race, but to win races and championships," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance. "We believe the addition of Stewart-Haas Racing in 2017 will give our program a major boost in terms of being in contention for both drivers' and manufacturers' championships every year.
"We believe that our NASCAR engineering experience and tools match up very well with the expertise and personnel that Stewart-Haas Racing has in house right now, and that we will both benefit from this partnership going forward."
Stewart-Haas Racing will join a Ford NASCAR lineup for 2017 that includes Team Penske, Roush Fenway Racing, Wood Brothers Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Front Row Motorsports. Roush Yates Engines is Ford's technical partner for NASCAR race engines.
Stewart-Haas Racing will continue its current manufacturer relationship throughout the 2016 season.(Ford Racing)
AND: Stewart-Haas Racing, winners of two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships and 30 point-paying races, will campaign Ford Fusions beginning in 2017. The four-car team will compete with Ford engines prepared by Roush Yates Engines.
"I am proud of our association with Chevrolet as they helped build our organization into the team it is today," said Tony Stewart, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. "This new partnership with Ford allows us to strengthen our position in the sport and ensure the long-term stability and success for everyone who is a part of Stewart-Haas Racing."
"Motorsports is an extremely challenging environment where in order to maintain success you have to constantly innovate. It's true in NASCAR and it's true in business," said Gene Haas, co-owner, Stewart-Haas Racing. "We've enjoyed great success with Chevrolet, but this opportunity with Ford allows us to evolve while continuing to compete at the highest levels of the sport."
"From the very beginning of Stewart-Haas Racing we have fostered an environment of competitiveness, performance, teamwork and family," said Brett Frood, team president. "This future partnership enables us to continue delivering across these silos and exceed our commitments to our fans, partners and employees."(Stewart-Haas Racing)
Transcript: Read what was said in Wednesday morning's press conference on the Stewart-Haas Racing Ford press conference transcript page.(2-24-2016)

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