Kurt Busch reportedly leaving Stewart-Haas Racing after season for Chip Ganassi Racing | NASCAR


Kurt Busch is leaving Stewart-Haas Racing after this season, together with main sponsor Monster Vitality, in keeping with a report by Jim Utter of Motorsport.com.

In keeping with the report, each Busch and Monster Vitality will go to Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 Chevrolet. Jamie McMurray, the present driver for that staff, is within the remaining 12 months of his contract and won’t return, a number of sources instructed Motorsport.com.

Nonetheless, Busch instructed reporters after qualifying Friday at Michigan Worldwide Speedway he has not but signed something for subsequent season.

“I am speaking to a bunch of groups on the market,” Busch stated (by way of ESPN). “There’s nothing that is been signed and no matter has been reported is all rumour.”

Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas was noncommittal Friday as as to if Busch or Monster Vitality would return in 2019, ESPN reported.

“There is a risk of [Busch staying],” Haas stated, per ESPN. “I do not actually have any remark as a result of I have not seen something someway.”

Chip Ganassi Racing representatives declined to remark.

Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion, joined Stewart-Hass in 2014. He is gained 5 races with the group, and certified for the playoffs every season. The 40-year-old driver has 29 profession wins in 19 seasons. He is presently fourth within the Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup standings.

Busch instructed Motorsport.com final month he had not begun talks on an extension with Stewart-Haas, however he famous Monster Vitality’s loyalty to him.

“I don’t know many drivers which have a main sponsor with them. Monster Vitality has been very loyal to me.” Busch stated. “It’s only a matter of when the time is to start out speaking a couple of contract. Final 12 months, it went lengthy simply because I felt I deserved extra.

“The panorama is altering in NASCAR on main sponsorship values, groups with the purse and the assure that they get off the historic efficiency. There are lots of issues that transfer, so we’ll see the way it all comes collectively.”

McMurray has been in a Ganassi automobile for all however 4 of his 17 Cup seasons; he was with Roush Fenway Racing from 2006 to 2009. 5 of his seven profession Cup wins have been with Ganassi, however he hasn’t gained since October 2013 at Talladega.

“I do not discuss contracts,” McMurray stated Friday, in keeping with ESPN. “I simply do not focus on any of that sort of stuff.”

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