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SBD/August 28, 2013/Franchises
Haas Signed Busch Without Consulting Stewart; Will Fourth Car Overburden Team?
Published August 28, 2013
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DIRECT REPORT: SPORTING NEWS' Bob Pockrass wrote Busch "gets the benefit of having no sponsor to answer to -- with the sponsor primarily being the team owner." The team "does not have a car number, a crew chief or crew yet." Stewart was "unable to attend" yesterday's news conference "because he is pretty much limited to his home and the doctor’s office" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 8/27).
FEARSOME FOURSOME: In Orlando, George Diaz writes SHR's drivers "will be the NASCAR Dream Team of 2014." Fox analyst Larry McReynolds said, "If they can make it work, they can be a group that can truly compete with Hendrick [Motorsports] -- if they can make these personalities mesh." Diaz writes the SHR team is "volatile and has star power." Busch yesterday said, "You know, I got a bunch of phone calls, of course, in the last couple weeks. The last one before I came in here today was Kevin Harvick. Ten years ago we weren't in a place in our careers to do this." Haas said, "I take gambles, I made a decision, and I think I'm going to be proven right. I think we're going to win a lot more races than anybody ever thought possible" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 8/28). ESPN’s Marty Reid asked Busch, “It sounded like Gene Haas is not asking you to do a bunch of personal appearances, that he just wants you to focus on the racecar. Are we reading that right?” Busch said, "Absolutely, it’s all about going for those trophies and performing well on-track and my contract says so as well." ESPN’s Brad Daugherty said of the signing, "I don’t think there’s going to be as much drama as we believe or as we think there will be because of the attitudes and the personalities" (“NASCAR Now, ESPN2, 8/28).