On the heels of NASCAR’s indefinite suspension of Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing has called on NASCAR Xfinity Series regular Regan Smith to drive the No. 41 Chevrolet in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Smith has a history with SHR, as he filled in for Tony Stewart in August 2014 after the SHR co-owner and three-time Sprint Cup champion was involved in a sprint car incident that tragically claimed the life of 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr.
Currently driving for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, Smith is a former Sprint Cup regular whose lone Cup win came in the 2011 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
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The team has yet to name an interim driver for Busch’s No. 41 Chevrolet next weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway and beyond.
Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing plan to appeal NASCAR’s decision to indefinitely suspend him Friday following a Delaware court ruling that he "more likely than not" committed an act of domestic abuse against former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll. Busch has not been criminally charged.