We’re thrilled to be part of the Stewart-Haas Racing team once again this year as both an associate and primary sponsor! Our partnership with powerhouse driver Kurt Busch has already produced exciting results. He recently took home one of Martinsville Speedway’s famous grandfather clocks after winning the STP 500 on March 30.
With one victory secured so far, we’re looking forward to an exciting season ahead with Kurt Busch. You can always count on him to bring the action to the track. Want to know our State Water Heaters-sponsored driver a little better? Read on.
Kurt Busch is certainly no stranger to the racetrack. In fact, he grew up on it. As a young boy, this second-generation driver used to tag along with his father, who competed in and won several NASCAR-sanctioned races. As he got older, Busch participated in Dwarf Car competitions, and then made the move to Legends Cars and Hobby Stocks.
After graduating high school, the aspiring driver enrolled at the University of Arizona in hopes of attaining a degree in Pharmacy in the event his racing future didn’t pan out. But, as it was, Busch’s early experiences left such a lasting impression, which ultimately inspired him to pursue racing as his decisive career.
By 1998, he was running full-time on the NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Tour, earning rookie of the year honors. Since joining the Sprint Cup Series in 2000, he’s racked up 25 victories in 477 career starts, including his 2004 Sprint Cup championship win. His younger brother Kyle Busch also competes full-time in the Sprint Cup Series and runs part-time in both the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series.
This year, Busch has joined forces with the dynamic Stewart-Haas Racing team, driving the Haas Automation and State Water Heaters sponsored No. 41 Chevrolet SS.
After his most recent win in Martinsville, the next item Busch will check off his bucket list is racing the “Double” over Memorial Day weekend, which means he’ll compete in the IndyCar Indianapolis 500 and then, immediately following, the Sprint Cup Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. Busch will be the fourth person ever in history to attempt this feat — racing 1100 miles in one day!
Next up, he’ll race in the Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 6. Stay tuned to StateRacing.com for more on Kurt Busch and State Water Heaters’ 2014 season!