The NASCAR team of Furniture Row Racing said Monday it signed former champion Kurt Busch to drive its No. 78 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series next year, replacing Regan Smith.
Busch this year is driving for another small team, Phoenix Racing, after a series of angry public outbursts by Busch led to his release from Penske Racing at the end of last season.
"Kurt's exceptional driving talent has the capacity to take a team to another level," Furniture Row Racing General Manager Joe Garone said in a statement.
Busch, 34, has 24 Cup wins in his career and he captured the Cup championship in 2004 while driving for the team now called Roush Fenway Racing.