Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing closing in on new deal

Kurt Busch has enjoyed success with Haas Automation as his sponsor, including three wins in two seasons. Image courtesy of @NBCSports.
Image courtesy of @NBCSports.

Image courtesy of @NBCSports.

Coming off a season where he won a race with his new team and finished 12th in points, Kurt Busch seemed like a lock for a new deal with Stewart-Haas Racing. Now that he’s survived controversy in the offseason to rebound with two victories in 2015, his future is almost certainly with the championship team.

Late Monday night, Lee Spencer of Motorsport.com reported that a new deal is being worked on by both sides. Then again, could Busch really afford to leave the team that stuck with him, or vice versa?

“Kurt Busch is one of those unique personalities,” SHR co-owner Gene Haas told Motorsport.com. “We’re in the process (of re-signing) … three weeks ago, we had a handshake deal that he would come back. But we’re still working on his contract, too.

“So we expect him to be back. We expect to have more sponsors for him. We expect a lot of things and when it all sorts out, we’ll have an announcement then.”

Haas gives no timetable for a deal, but he will be the point man for the signing after taking on Busch two years ago.

A former Sprint Cup champion, Busch has gone through multiple ups and downs in the sport to ultimately land in the No. 41 machine. Similar to his chance with Furniture Row Racing—he secured the first Chase berth for FRR—Busch has improved SHR during his time. While drivers like Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart are struggling to find the top 10, Busch and reigning champion Kevin Harvick have a combined four wins and are locks for the Chase.

“I really enjoy driving for Gene and Tony, and it’s my intention to continue driving for them,” Kurt told Motorsport.com. “My focus right now is finishing the regular season strong, then going for a championship.”

Busch’s deal is obviously not the only huge signing that SHR is looking to make by the end of this season. Danica Patrick, who is in the final year of a three-year contract, is also looking for a new deal. She’s also still searching for a primary sponsor with the loss of GoDaddy after this year.

Turning 37 years old on Tuesday, Busch still has several productive seasons ahead of him. With Stewart-Haas Racing, he has the backing to win a second championship and turn the team into a powerhouse at the Sprint Cup level.

 

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