The long rumored move that Kurt Busch would leave Stewart Haas Racing following the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season was confirmed on Sunday night. Busch, confirmed the move on his social media accounts.
Busch, 40, said that he would like to thank SHR for five fantastic years driving the No. 41 and that it wasn’t in the cards for him to stay with the organization. It’s long been rumored that Busch will replace Jamie McMurray with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019 but that move has yet to be announced. The Las Vegas native had hoped to announce something this past week in Las Vegas but he’s still working on securing funding in place for whatever his next move may be.
In the meantime, Busch’s exit after five years is set.
Busch, won six races with SHR including the 2017 Daytona 500 and the Bristol night race this past August. He had 37 top five finishes and 90 top 10’s since 2014 with the team.
Prior to joining SHR, his fate was almost set in NASCAR. His attitude had run its course as he was let go by Team Penske and left driving for smaller underfunded teams. Gene Haas took a chance on him and stayed with him even with a domestic dispute with a past girlfriend. That same past girlfriend has since been convicted of a federal crime while Busch was never charged with anything in that incident.
The 2004 Cup Series champion had a championship caliber year in 2018 and showing that he still has some good years left ahead.