Daytona 500 champion Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing will stay together into 2018. While there has yet to be an official announcement, per an SHR team source, Busch has indeed re-signed with the team.
Details of Busch’s new deal were not revealed. Those could come in the near future.
“Having my hard work pay off by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and the 2017 Daytona 500 has given me the drive to continue conquering the NASCAR world,” said Busch in a statement released by his representatives. “I am excited to enter the 2018 racing season as a Monster Energy athlete where I will continue to drive my favorite manufacturer, the Ford Motor Company.
“Knowing that SHR is committed to optimum performance, I believe that I have everything I need to win races this season and take home the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. I look forward to taking on next year with my team, sponsors and determination.”
The option on Busch’s contract was not picked up in during the summer and the two sides had been in negotiations since. While Busch acknowledged he had explored other options, the hope from both he and SHR officials was that he would remain with the organization.
Busch joined SHR in 2014 and has five wins in the No. 41. He has made the playoffs in each of the last four seasons.
It was also announced that Busch had recently signed with Livewire Entertainment out of Orlando, Fla., to serve as his management agency. He has also expanded in hiring Hollywood agency ICM Partners for opportunities outside of NASCAR.