Kurt Busch’s Future With Stewart-Haas In Question

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Kurt Busch is reportedly out of a ride with Stewart Haas Racing at the end of the year. (NASCAR photo)

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Silly Season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage area may be getting a whole lot sillier, with Kurt Busch being the latest series champion potentially out of a ride at the top level of the sport.

Multiple published reports on Tuesday afternoon said that Stewart Haas Racing has notified Busch that the team will not be picking up their contract option on the 38-year-old Las Vegas native and 2004 Cup champion for next season.

However, the team immediately fired back with a Tweet stating they “expect” Busch to be back in the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford in 2018, just minutes after those reports began circulating the internet.

Should Busch end up out of a ride, he would join 2003 champion Matt Kenseth (who is currently at Joe Gibbs Racing through the conclusion of the year) as former title winners on the free agent market in the Cup garage.

Busch kicked off the year in stunning fashion for Stewart-Haas, leading only the final lap of the Daytona 500 to capture his first win in the ‘Great American Race’ in his 16th try.

In total, Busch has 29 wins, 127 top-fives, 252 top-10s and 21 poles over the course of his 18-year Cup career, including five wins since joining SHR at the start of the 2014 season, when he was pulled into the team by co-owner Gene Haas.

Stewart-Haas Racing reportedly has until midnight Tuesday to make their final decision on Busch’s status.

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