Kurt Busch keeping options open beyond 2018

Kurt Busch keeping options open beyond 2018

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Kurt Busch keeping options open beyond 2018

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Just because Kurt Busch signed a one-year deal to remain at Stewart-Haas Racing doesn’t mean people should assume it will be his final season, the driver said Tuesday.

“There are many balls in the air, but you have to be smart this day in age, and you can’t just have one plan because things change quickly,” Busch said during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Media Tour. “I like to have options, and that is an option for me. … I want to win more. Last year was great with Daytona, but we want to win more for [Gene] Haas, Monster and Ford and everyone on the NASCAR side.”

Even though Busch, the 2004 Cup Series champion, feels he still has plenty to do still, he did sign with different entertainment agencies during the season. Busch wants to learn more about the whole product that happens in motor sports, and he’ll get a taste of Supercross when Busch does guest commentary during one of their upcoming events. He is also going to attend the X Games.

Busch said his contract would be revisited once the season gets underway.

Busch and his defending Daytona 500 championship-winning team need to adjust to Billy Scott, who has taken over as crew chief of the No. 41 Ford. Tony Gibson has moved to a new area inside SHR, finally getting his chance to come off a travel schedule.

At the end of the month, Busch and Scott will work together in a race environment during a test at Las Vegas. Until then, Busch says there have been as many lunch dates as possible and texts every day.

“I like his ability to read all the crew members and also the infrastructure at Stewart-Haas Racing,” said Busch of Scott. “A guy like Chad Johnston [of Chip Ganassi Racing] is a great crew chief. He’s now with Kyle Larson, and we saw the success they had last year. Chad was at SHR and didn’t find the right system to fall under.

“I don’t know how to really describe it other than Billy is a good team player … [he] can adapt to the things that are being thrown at him in all directions. I think he’s very patient. It’s going to be good to work with somebody fresh and energetic like himself and a whole new group of engineers on the 41.”

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