On Tuesday, Kurt Busch finally announced his plans to move to Chip Ganassi Racing to take over the No. 1 Chevrolet. It was also confirmed that he will be bringing his longtime sponsor, Monster Energy, with him to his new team.
The move comes after a disappointing season for the No. 1 team, who missed the playoffs for the second time in five years, had only two top-five finishes, and they were held winless for the fifth consecutive campaign.
Meanwhile, Busch comes from Stewart-Haas Racing, where he finished the 2018 season seventh in points with one win, six top-five’s, and 22 top-10’s.
While it remains to be seen if this will be a good move for Busch, this was the exact decision that Ganassi needed to make.
Just look at Busch’s track record. He started at Roush-Fenway Racing, won them another Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Then, he replaced a retiring Rusty Wallace at Team Penske with success, winning each season with the team. A few years later, he brought a Furniture Row Racing team that was nowhere as competitive as they have the past couple of seasons, to the playoffs for the first time. After that, he was assigned to a brand new entry for Stewart-Haas Racing, whom he won a Daytona 500 with and made the postseason each season he was there. Not to forget, Busch even came close to bringing an underfunded Phoenix Racing to victory lane at the sport’s level.
Do you see the trend here? Everywhere the 2004 champion as went he has proven to be a valuable asset to a team, which is exactly what the No. 1 team needs.
It could be even argued that this change could be necessary for the entirety of the CGR organization. After all, the lack of success was not just with one. Kyle Larson, who drives the No. 42 for Ganassi, had won four times in 2017, but did not reach victory lane once last season. The problems did not stop there, as it was clear throughout the year that this organization was not on the same level as the top teams in the sport.
With the addition of Busch’s veteran experience through his long and storied career, along with his shown ability and skill, this move may prove to be exactly what this team needs to reassert themselves with NASCAR’s best.
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