By Amanda Ebersole – If there is one underdog team in the 2013 Chase to the Sprint Cup, it is without a doubt Kurt Busch and the No. 78 team from Furniture Row Racing. The only single car team to make the Chase in its history, Busch has garnered a new fanbase as fans cheer for the little team to out race the mega teams.
As we approach the third Chase race, Busch is currently seventh in the points and forty points in the hole. Still mathematically in the title hunt, there needs to be changes made to get the team on the “A” game.
Today news broke from the garage that Furniture Row Racing will be using the pit crew of the No.2 Nationwide team as part of their technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. This is the crew that has seen Brian Scott to 12 top 10 finishes and a current average finish of 11.6 for the season.
“We had to make a change,” Busch said of his struggling Chase efforts. “As a Chase team, you have to go up to bat each time looking to make contact, and our team had a lot of misses on pit road this year. Each position struggled. The chemistry among the group — it was no one person’s fault. As a team, they did not execute. So I talked to (FRR GM) Joe Garone about it and brought in (FRR team owner) Barney Visser and Richard Childress, and we all came to the conclusion together.”
As they head over the wall in Dover, the 78 team will have one familiar face, jackman Milan Rudanovic.
Is this enough to get Busch back into title contention? Time will tell, with eight races remaining wins will determine our 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.