By Reid Spencer Tuesday, September 25 2012 00:00
Kurt Busch has agreed to drive the No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series in 2013, replacing Regan Smith, the 2004 Cup Series champion confirmed Monday during an appearance on SPEED's Race Hub.
Busch signed a one-year deal with the Denver, Colo.-based organization owned by Barney Visser, co-founder of the furniture company that also serves as the No. 78 Chevrolet's primary sponsor.
Busch has spent the 2012 Cup campaign driving for Phoenix Racing, with a best result of third coming in the road-course race at Sonoma in June. He has also posted two victories in the Nationwide Series this year, one for Phoenix in the July race at Daytona and one for brother Kyle Busch at Richmond in April.
Kurt and Kyle have split the Nationwide schedule, sharing the No. 54 Toyota, which Kyle owns.
Busch has 24 Cup victories to his credit and has a 10-year streak of at least one victory per year on the line with eight races left in the current season. Busch has scored top-10 finishes in 171 of his 427 career starts.
The move marks the second step in a comeback for Busch, who parted with Penske Racing at the end of the 2011 season after several incidents -- including an angry confrontation with an ESPN camera crew at the season finale at Homestead -- made his position there untenable.
Smith claimed his lone victory in 159 Cup starts at Darlington last year. To date, that is the only victory in 191 starts for Furniture Row Racing, which made its Cup debut in 2005.
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