#41 NASCAR Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Stewart-Haas Racing
Kurt Busch
Gene Haas Foundation
True Speed Communication (PR)

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
Monster Energy (?16+2 races)
Haas Automation (?19+1 races)
Mobil 1 (1 race)
State Water Heaters (2 races)
State Water Heaters Racing

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
WIX Filters
Atlas Copco Compressors

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Stewart Haas Racing - Twitter
Stewart Haas Racing - Facebook
Stewart Haas Racing - Instagram
Stewart Haas Racing - Pinterest
Stewart Haas Racing - YouTube
Stewart Haas Racing - Google+
Kurt Busch - Twitter
Kurt Busch - Facebook

STATISTICS
Kurt Busch - ESPN.com
Kurt Busch - RacingReference.info

MORE INFO
2018 #41 Paint Schemes
2017 #41 Paint Schemes
2016 #41 Paint Schemes
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact

Races that Monster Energy was the primary sponsor (on the hood) in 2018:
Daytona, Clash - 2/11
Atlanta - 2/25
the rest TBA

Races that Haas Automation was the primary sponsor (on the hood) in 2018:
Daytona - 2/18, w/Monster
Las Vegas - 3/4, just Haas
The rest TBA

Races [1] that Mobil 1 is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Phoenix - 3/11, w/Haas
Auto Club - 3/18

Races [2] that State Water Heaters is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Richmond - 9/22
Texas - 11/4
(one race Mobil 1 will be on side)

Contract Status:
Driver: 2018;
Primary Sponsors:
Monster Energy: 2018;
Mobil1: 2018+
State Water Heaters: 2018
Haas Automation (team owner company)


#41 Team / Driver News

Gene Haas says team continues search for No. 41 driver: Stewart-Haas Racing owner Gene Haas said Sunday that the team continues to search for a driver for the No. 41 car and that he does not view moving up SHR Xfinity driver Cole Custer as a viable option at this time. Haas said the team is not ready to sign any driver.[More](9-16-2018)

Kurt Busch says he has options: Speaking to the media Friday at Darlington Raceway, Kurt Busch says he has offers for next season: "I do have two contract offers that I'm looking at. It's kind of the same thing as last year, where the team at Stewart-Haas put me into free agency and it gives me the opportunity to talk to others, and I do have the loyalty and the respect from Monster Energy. We'll announce things when they get closer." [More](8-31-2018)

Late restarts propel Kurt Busch to victory in wild Bristol race : "Old guys rule!" screamed 40-year-old Kurt Busch after he took the checkered flag in an action-filled Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Busch's first victory since the 2017 Daytona 500 overshadowed a miraculous drive by brother Kyle Busch, whose car came back to life after a Lap 2 wreck like a relentless horror movie villain. Starting on the inside lane, Busch grabbed the lead from Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Clint Bowyer on a Lap 478 restart, after Brad Keselowski's flat-tire-induced spin caused the sixth caution of the night.[More](8-18-2018)

Kurt Busch won the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The win is his1st win of 2018, 6th win at Bristol and 30th career win.
Pole winner, #42-Larson finished 2nd followed by #9-Elliott, #22-Logano, #20-Jones, #14-Bowyer, #12-Blaney, #88-Bowman, #48-Johnson, and #4-Harvick.
Stage 1 was won by #12-Blaney, finished 7th.
Stage 2 was won by #22-Logano, finished 4th.
There were 19 lead changes among 9 drivers and 9 cautions for 70 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 89.538mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings (pdf)
Owners Points Standings (pdf)

Ganassi examining options for 2019; Busch rumored to replace McMurray: McMurray's contract ends at the end of the year; Kurt Busch has reportedly talked to the team. [More](8-10-2018)

Could Kurt Busch end up at Richard Childress Racing next season?Stewart-Haas Racing has insisted that it expects all four Cup drivers back in '19, but there continues to be rumblings over the possibility that Kurt Busch could be out.[More](7-27-2018)

Stewart-Haas Racing makes pit crew changes: Stewart-Haas Racing has made changes to all four of its pit crews heading into Sunday's Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway[More](7-19-2018)

All Stewart-Haas drivers expected to return next year: Kurt Busch's contract reportedly ends this year.[More](7-3-2018)

Kurt Busch expected to return to Stewart Haas : Kurt Busch's contract with Stewart-Haas Racing expires at the end of the 2018 season. And the team said Wednesday it "fully expects" Busch to return in 2019.[More](3-29-2018)

Kurt Busch Darlington Throwback unveil: Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kurt Busch played a starring role in one of the most memorable finishes in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history - and certainly the closest. This season marks 15 years since Busch and Ricky Craven battled door-to-door, to and through the start/finish line in a frenetic set of final laps at Darlington Raceway. When Busch heads back to Darlington in 2018, it will be with a car that honors that piece of NASCAR history.[More](3-15-2018)

State Water Heaters returns to sponsor Kurt Busch: State Water Heaters has expanded its partnership with Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018 with the team's No. 41 car driven by 2017 Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch sporting the State Water Heaters black and orange paint scheme in two races. A leader in water heater manufacturing, State Water Heaters will serve as the primary sponsor of Busch's #41 Ford Fusion for the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Sept. 22 at Richmond Raceway and the AAA Texas 500 on Nov. 4 at Texas Motor Speedway.[More](2-26-2018)

Mobil 1 and Stewart-Haas Racing gear up for the 2018 NASCAR Season: Building upon a successful 2017 season on and off the track, ExxonMobil, on behalf of the Mobil 1 brand, will again sponsor Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) with full primaries at various Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races throughout the year. At the same time, ExxonMobil will further leverage the star power of SHR drivers by bringing back Kevin Harvick as the face of Mobil 1 Annual Protection motor oil marketing campaign. Mobil 1, the "Official Motor Oil of NASCAR", will provide primary sponsorships across SHR's four NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Harvick's #4 Ford will carry Mobil 1 branding six times, Clint Bowyer's #14 Ford will wear Mobil 1 twice, and Kurt Busch's #41 Ford and Aric Almirola's #10 Ford get one race apiece. Mobil 1 will remain as an associate sponsor of SHR for the entire 2018 season.[More](2-14-2018)

Tony Gibson still looking to make a difference: After 31 years, Tony Gibson will have a job in NASCAR that doesn't send him on the road. The former crew chief enters the 2018 season as the new production manager for Stewart-Haas Racing. Gibson, 53, will supervise many of the departments responsible for building the cars for its four drivers, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer. That includes the chassis, body shop and fabrication shops.[More](1-5-2018)

Stewart-Haas Racing announces 2018 driver/crew chief pairings: Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) has announced its 2018 driver and crew chief pairings for its four teams competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Headlining the announcement is Kurt Busch's return to the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion. The 2018 season will mark Busch's 19th year in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and his fifth with SHR. Five of Busch's 29 career victories have come with SHR, highlighted by his victory in the 2017 Daytona 500. Taking over as crew chief for Busch and the No. 41 team is Billy Scott, who joined SHR in 2016 as crew chief for Danica Patrick and the No. 10 team. Tony Gibson, who has been the crew chief for the No. 41 team since November 2014 and a crew chief at SHR since the organization's inception in 2009, will remain with SHR in an unnamed capacity.[More](12-15-2017)

Kurt Busch, sponsor Monster Energy remaining at Stewart-Haas: Kurt Busch, who said two weeks ago that he "absolutely" planned to return to Stewart-Haas Racing, has signed a contract to remain at SHR with sponsorship from Monster Energy, Busch announced Tuesday. Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion, had been a free agent since August, when the team didn't pick up the option as it awaited word from Monster.[More](12-12-2017)

State Water Heaters featured on Kurt Busch's car at Martinsville 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. 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)(Stewart-Haas Racing / True Speed Communication)[Read More Here](10-25-2017)

Court date set for Patricia Driscoll: The federal criminal trial of Patricia Pauline Driscoll on charges she defrauded the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) and used funds earmarked to help wounded soldiers and their families as her own personal slush fund for travel, alcohol and jewelry, among other things, is set for February 5, 2018.[More](10-23-2017)

Kurt Busch willing to return to Stewart-Haas: Kurt Busch continues to field offers after Stewart-Haas Racing opted not to pick up the 2018 option on his contract Aug. 1, but the 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion said a return to the team would be a simple matter. "It's as easy as them giving me an offer," Busch said in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports.[More](8-15-2017)

Gene Haas optimistic that Kurt Busch will return: Despite not picking up Kurt Busch's contract option for 2018, Gene Haas told Kickin' the Tires and another reporter, on Saturday, that he is "optimistic" the 2017 Daytona 500 winner will return to the team. The problem, Haas said, was that Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) is waiting to see what the sponsor of the #41 intends to do going forward. Haas, who owns Haas CNC, is a co-primary sponsor with Monster Energy, so it is doubtful he's waiting for a decision from his own company.[More](8-13-2017)

Kurt Busch confirms SHR does not pick up option for '18: Kurt Busch didn't appear stressed Saturday morning talking about his contract status -- he is now a free agent and able to look for 2018 -- and whether he would return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season. The 2004 NASCAR Cup champion has driven for SHR since 2014, but sponsor Monster Energy has not announced a decision on whether it would return to SHR and Busch.[More](8-5-2017)

Kurt Busch not returning to Stewart-Haas? Stewart-Haas Racing has informed Busch the organization will not pick up the option on the 2017 Daytona 500 winner and 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion for next season. [More](8-1-2017)

Race recap: Patient Kurt Busch wins wild Daytona 500 - without looking back: His car damaged in a wreck on the backstretch and held together with tape, Kurt Busch grabbed the lead on the final lap of the 59th Daytona 500 on Sunday and took the checkered flag in the Great American Race as a capstone to a checkered career that has trended upward since Busch joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014.[More](2-27-2017)

Congrats Kurt Busch: Kurt Busch announced on Twitter / Facebook that he and Ashley Van Metre are married: "My life completely changed when fate brought us together. So happy to call you my wife."(1-10-2017)

Haas involved in purchase of Concord, North Carolina building: A Concord building developed by racing legends Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon has sold for $11 million. The 180,000-square-foot commercial and industrial structure, called Motor Speedway Commerce Center, remains in the NASCAR racing family. It was bought by a West Coast investment buyer, Pegh Investments, which is owned by Gene Haas, a principal in the Kannapolis-based Stewart-Haas Racing. The building, located at 6301 Performance Drive, is currently split between the corporate office and distribution center for Lionel and distribution space for Fanatics Retail Group. The structure was built in 1997 by a joint-venture group including Earnhardt, Gordon and Ken Barber. It's built on 16 acres within sight of the Charlotte Motor Speedway.(Charlotte Business Journal)(12-31-2016)

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