In NASCAR’s hands: Team owner Gene Haas unsure of timetable for Busch’s return

Team owner Gene Haas (right) is unsure of when Kurt Busch (left) will return from NASCAR's indefinitely suspension. 

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Gene Haas lives in interesting times.

Haas is the founder and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, the team that’s won two of the past four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships, the first with Tony Stewart in 2011 and then again last year with Kevin Harvick, who also won Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and now leads the Cup points standings.

In addition, Haas is also building a Formula One team that will be based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, next to SHR’s NASCAR operations.

Kurt Busch, who Haas handpicked to drive a fourth SHR Cup car for the 2014 season, is currently under a NASCAR indefinite suspension for an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred last September. Busch is taking part in a NASCAR program that he hopes will result in him getting back racing. 

After Harvick’s Vegas victory, Haas said he didn’t know when Busch was coming back.

"At this time that’s really up to NASCAR," Haas said. "Some of our concerns are obviously if he does come back, can we get in the Chase? But those issues really now kind of reside with NASCAR."

Haas admitted the past year or so has been a challenging one given all the team has endured.

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"Quite frankly, we’ve had a lot of turmoil over the last year, and we just kind of keep going," Haas said. "I don’t know what it is, but I think it’s just the nature of, like I say, Tony and myself, how we deal with things. Things we have control over, we try to control, and there’s just a lot of things we don’t have any control over in both Tony’s side and my side.

"Dealing with those kind of things is just part of what it takes to be in this business," Haas said. "Racing is an interesting business because you never know what’s going to happen. You never know if you’re going to win until the race is over, and I guess running a race shop is very similar to that.  It’s a challenge, and when things are thrown at us we just basically deal with it and try not to complain about it and do your best to get out of it."

 

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