The deal is finally done as Kurt Busch has agreed to a one-year contract with Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Busch, 39, confirmed the move on Wednesday. The Las Vegas native first joined SHR in 2014 as that year really helped his image. After a fall out with Team Penske in 2011, he’d land with Phoenix Racing in 2012. Then, it was onto Furniture Row Racing for the 2013 season. After cleaning up his past, Busch was set to join SHR for 2014. Team Owner Gene Haas took a flier on him and funded him out of his own business’ pocket. Busch, repaid him with a trip to victory lane in just his sixth start with the team. One month later, he’d show up with an Indianapolis 500 ride, one in which he finished sixth.
From there on, it was a great relationship.
SHR stood by Busch even when he went through alleged domestic violence issues with a past girlfriend which ended up with Busch not being charged with any wrongdoing. He’d finish 12th, eighth, seventh and 14th respectively in the final Cup standings in each of the four years with the organization. He’s also won at least one race in all four years with SHR too. This past season, Busch won the season opening Daytona 500 for his career plate victory.
Unfortunately, his contract was in the hands of SHR past 2017 as the team held the option for 2018. On Aug. 1, SHR chose to let his deal expire and work on a new contract, one that would pay him less. Busch, decided to look elsewhere to see if a better option would possibly be landed. He found out pretty quickly that there wouldn’t be one.
Busch and SHR agreed to a one-year deal which will keep him in his No. 41 Ford. He has 29 career victories in 612 career starts.