A spokesperson for Stewart-Haas Racing tells NASCAR Talk that the No. 41 car will compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway but no driver has been confirmed.
Regan Smith drove the car to a 16th-place finish in Sunday’s Daytona 500 in place of Kurt Busch.
NASCAR indefinitely suspended Busch on Friday after a Delaware Family Court Commissioner concluded that “it is more likely than not’’ that Busch committed an act of domestic abuse against ex-girlfriend Patricia Driscoll in September. The commissioner made the pronouncement after granting a protective order for Driscoll.
Busch has denied the allegation made by Driscoll. The Attorney General’s Office in Delaware has yet to announce if it is seeking charges against Busch. It has had a report by the Dover (Del.) Police since December.
Busch lost two appeals to NASCAR on Saturday to get back in the car. A NASCAR spokesperson said the sanctioning body would send guidelines to Busch on what he must do to be reinstated.
The No. 41 car’s primary sponsor for most races is Haas Automation, which is owned by car owner Gene Haas. That led to some questions of it Haas would continue to run the car after Daytona.