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.
In the years that followed, State expanded and became a leader in the water heating industry through steadfast commitments to seeking new materials, new technology and innovative engineering techniques.
Busch has had success at Martinsville in the past, winning the fall race in 2002 and the spring race in 2014 for SHR. He also won the pole positon for the fall race in 2006.
Busch is feeling hot coming off that runner-up finish at Kansas and is hoping he can keep the energy flowing with a solid run at Martinsville Speedway this Sunday.
Busch has career total totals of 29 wins, 21 poles, 131 top-fives, 257 top-10s and 8,877 laps led in 608 starts. His most recent Cup Series win came 32 races ago in the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway (Feb. 26). His last Cup Series pole came 64 races ago at Las Vegas Motor Speedway(March 4, 2016).
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)