The following quote is attributed to Joe Garone, general manager of Furniture Row Racing in regards to Kurt Busch’s decision not to continue as the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet after the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
“It was always our intention to extend Kurt’s contract with Furniture Row Racing. We made him an offer last week to to continue as the driver of the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet in 2014 and beyond. Though he did not accept our offer we respect his decision and wish him future success. His driving skill and being a dedicated team player will always be appreciated at Furniture Row Racing. But for right now the main focus for Kurt and the team is to qualify for the Chase and contend for the 2013 Sprint Cup Series championship.
“Furniture Row Racing’s technical and engineering programs along with a talented road crew have made great strides this season, which have been evident with the consistently fast race cars that we have brought to the track week in and week out. We, along with our technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing, are deeply committed to continuing the work in progress. We are currently in a search process for a new driver in 2014, one who shares the same commitment and winning attitude that we all do at Furniture Row Racing.”
Note: Busch joined Furniture Row Racing with six races remaining in the 2012 season. He currently sits 12th in driver points, six markers shy of 10th with two races remaining before the Chase field is set. The top-10 drivers and two wildcard entries qualify for the 10-race Chase playoffs.