They will be the NASCAR Dream Team of 2014.
This is going to be good, kiddos. Busch officially joined ranks with Stewart-Haas Racing on Tuesday, which also officially makes them the most combustible and controversial crew in NASCAR history.
Think about it. Stewart (a.k.a. "Smoke") is a three-time NASCAR champion who is as ornery as they come. "Happy" Harvick rarely has backed down from a confrontation on pit road and has a history of intermittent feuds with Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch. That would be Kurt "Outlaw" Busch, a former Cup champ who has been kicked out of the NASCAR power grid for two years and forced to compete with smaller teams because of his volatility.
Then comes Danica, the Media Queen of NASCAR who is as polarizing as they come.
Smoke, Happy, The Outlaw and The Queen.
This is going to be a beautiful thing.
"If they can make it work, they can be a group that can truly compete with Hendrick — if they can make these personalities mesh," NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds said.
Hendrick Motorsports may still have the most formidable team on the planet — especially if Jeff Gordon wins a race and ends up qualifying for the Chase — but Stewart-Haas is the one everyone will be paying attention to, and with good reason.
Each and every sport is driven by personalities. That's why tennis has struggled over the years because the sport hasn't been able to capture the volatile star-power of McEnroe and Connors.
The Stewart-Haas team is volatile and has star power (even more so if Danica steps up to become a competitive racer).
The Outlaw embraces the challenge.
"You know, I got a bunch of phone calls, of course, in the last couple weeks," Busch said during a media conference Tuesday afternoon. "The last one before I came in here today was Kevin Harvick. Ten years ago we weren't in a place in our careers to do this."
But now they are. And they can thank co-owner Gene Haas for making it happen. Usually the guy on the sidelines, Haas did all of the heavy lifting to get Busch on board with a multi-year deal. He admits to getting some resistance from Stewart, who mostly had concerns about money and manpower to make it happen.
Haas pressed on anyway. And because Stewart has been recuperating from surgery, he couldn't get in the way of becoming a possible deal-breaker.
"I don't think Tony was exactly enthralled with what I did," Haas said, jokingly. "But I think he saw it my way, you know. Either that or get out of the building ...
"I take gambles, I made a decision, and I think I'm going to be proven right. I think we're going to win a lot more races than anybody ever thought possible."
In that process, Ryan Newman — 15th in the points standings — became the odd man out because he will be released at season's end to make room for Harvick and the addition of Busch.
"I just simply wanted a change and an opportunity to do something different," Haas said.
Busch, meanwhile, has some unfinished business for Furniture Row Racing. He is 12th in the standings but is only six points out of 10th with two races remaining before the Chase field is established.