The details are still being ironed out at Stewart-Haas Racing about Kurt Busch’s status for 2018.
After winning at Texas Motor Speedway with Kevin Harvick, team co-owner Tony Stewart was asked if he expects Busch – the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion and reigning Daytona 500 champ – back in the fold next year. While he didn’t offer any new insight, Stewart again projected optimism about the prospects of his team’s line-up involving Busch.
“Obviously it’s pretty busy right now,” Stewart said “We’re going to have a big announcement [this] week for the 10 car. We’re still working on the 41 right now. That’s our goal, is to have Kurt back in that car for next year.”
The option on Busch’s contract was not be picked up by SHR in early August, technically making him a free agent. However, both sides continue to maintain interest in staying together.
Busch, who won the pole at Texas with a record lap, also offered no new details on his future plans.
“No updates for me,” he said. “We’re in negotiations. Days like [Friday] help quite a bit.”
Busch’s first Daytona 500 victory in February has been his only win this season. Having joined the organization in 2014, Busch has five wins and 68 top-10 finishes with SHR. The No. 41 team finished ninth Sunday afternoon.