KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – With rumors rampant about what team he’ll drive for next year, Kurt Busch has confirmed one team he won’t be driving for.
Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion, confirmed via Twitter on Sunday evening that he would not be returning to Stewart-Haas Racing next year after five seasons with the team.
“I will miss everyone, especially the crew chiefs I worked with, Daniel Knost, Tony Gibson & Billy Scott, love you guys,” Busch said. “Unfortunately, it’s not in the cards for me to stay. I’m looking forward to the future & new opportunities ahead!”
— Kurt Busch (@KurtBusch) December 3, 2018
Busch joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014 after spending a season at Furniture Row Racing. He earned six wins during his time with Stewart-Haas Racing, including most recently at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway earlier this year.
Driving the Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41, Busch earned his first victory in the prestigious Daytona 500 in 2017. It was the first victory for the team in the Daytona 500 and the first for team co-owner Tony Stewart, who never won the race during his career as a driver.
Stewart was among the first to comment on Busch’s tweet confirming he would not return to Stewart-Haas Racing.
— Tony Stewart (@TonyStewart) December 3, 2018
Busch has not confirmed what team he’ll be driving for next season, but multiple media reports have linked the 39-year-old Las Vegas native to the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet that was most recently driven by Jamie McMurray.