Welcome to the latest edition of Katie’s Komments! There is a lot to discuss this week!
Kurt Busch to Stewart-Haas Racing: Well, its official, Kurt Busch will be the 4th driver at SHR starting in 2014. He will be joining recently injured driver Tony Stewart, Rookie Danica Patrick and new-to-SHR driver Kevin Harvick which could lead to some interesting happenings in 2014. With four big personalities and very popular drivers under one roof, Busch will definitely fit right in at SHR. The organization receives their equipment, chassis and engines to be exact, from Hendrick Motorsports, which is some of the strongest in the field. Busch has really turned his life and his attitude around this season. Driving for a single-car team has helped him to realize just how talented he is and joining the ranks at SHR will definitely build on that. Look for big things to come from the eldest Busch Brother in the coming seasons because he is just starting to heat back up.
AJ Allmendinger in at JTG Daugherty Racing: After replacing Bobby Labonte for a handful of races this season, Allmendinger has been named the full time driver No.47 car for 2014. After a rough season in 2012, Allmendinger has proven that he deserves a full-time Sprint Cup ride, although a ride like the Penske No.22 is still far away. 2013 has been a heck of a ride for Allmendinger despite his previous troubles. Roger Penske stood behind him and put him in an IndyCar in preparation for his first Indy 500. His impressive seventh place finish in the historic race started him back on the right path. Allmendinger’s continued success proves that one bad choice doesn’t have to ruin a great career.
Kyle Larson to Cup in 2014: When it was announced a few weeks ago that Juan Pablo Montoya would not be returning to Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, it was all but confirmed that Nationwide Series Rookie Kyle Larson would be replacing him behind the wheel. Larson, at just 21 years old, is a phenomenon behind the wheel but moving him up to the Sprint Cup Series too soon would be a disaster to his career. Personally, I think Larson needs one more season in Nationwide to hone in his skills before jumping in with the big boys. With no Sprint Cup Series starts, there is no way to judge how Larson will do next season. I guess we will just have to wait and see!
There was a lot that went on in the Sprint Cup Series this last week! That will do it for this edition of Katie’s Komments. I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to leave your own!