Busch, Kenseth coy about 2019 plans

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Busch, Kenseth coy about 2019 plans


Busch, Kenseth coy about 2019 plans


Questions regarding two players in NASCAR silly season will remain unanswered for a little while longer.

Both Kurt Busch and Matt Kenseth have been asked repeatedly about their 2019 plans as neither appears locked into doing the same thing next season. Rumors surrounding Busch’s future include him staying at Stewart-Haas Racing in the No. 41 Ford or taking up residence at Chip Ganassi Racing.

Busch admitted Friday afternoon that he is weighing his options. Busch’s contract is up with Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season. In this same position this time a year ago, the 2004 Cup Series champion only signed a one-year extension.

“No updates,” said Busch. “I do have two contract offers that I’m looking at. It’s kind of the same thing as last year where the team at Stewart-Haas put me into free agency, and it gives me the opportunity to talk to others, and I do have the loyalty and the respect from Monster Energy.

“As the sport evolves and changes it’s unique for me too to understand more about the ownership side and how the different structures are set up. So, no updates. Just more information for me to digest. We’ll announce things when they get closer.”

As for Kenseth, whether or not he continues to race in the series after coming back for a limited schedule is also to be decided.

Kenseth offered sly smiles and small chuckles along with non-answers about his plans. Enticed back into the fold by Jack Roush and Roush Fenway Racing, the series veteran has been splitting time in the No. 6 car with Trevor Bayne.

No decisions have been made by Kenseth or Roush about what happens next.

Asked point blank if he even wants to continue racing or again be a full-time competitor, Kenseth said he’s focused on the rest of the season.

“Those are probably things we’ll talk about at a later date,” Kenseth said. “But the season has been up and down. I wish the results were better than what they were, but on the other hand, I feel like we have made a lot of progress.

“It doesn’t really show necessarily in the stats sheet or the box score all the time, but I feel like we made a progress, and really just trying to keep that going and moving forward and keep trying to get more competitive by the end of the season.”