Kurt Busch starts driving for Furniture Row Oct. 13 Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

The Furniture Row Racing team announced Friday that Kurt Busch will take over driving duties beginning with the Oct. 13th Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch will replace Regan Smith in the No. 78 Chevrolet.

“In order to get a jump on developing a driver/team chemistry for the 2013 season, both Kurt and Furniture Row Racing felt that this was an important move to make happen,” said Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing’s general manager. “While the goal of this decision is to better prepare for 2013, the main focus for the final six races remains the same and that is to compete at a competitive level.”

Garone said Smith’s Furniture Row Racing contract will be fully honored through the end of the season.

“We want to come out of the chute next year ready and raring to go,” said Kurt Busch. “Driving the Furniture Row Chevrolet in the final six races of this season will obviously give us a big advantage in our preparations for 2013. The energy level is quite high and I can’t wait to get out to Colorado to meet all the guys and begin this exciting new journey.”

Along with the Oct. 13th Charlotte race, Busch will drive the Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet in Kansas City, Kan. (Oct. 21), Martinsville, Va. (Oct. 28), Fort Worth, Texas (Nov. 4), Phoenix (Nov. 11) and the season finale in Homestead, Fla. (Nov. 18).