This year’s Daytona 500 winner has a ride for next year’s 500 — and it’s the same car. Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing have reached an agreement that will keep Busch, who won the 500 but no other race this season, in the team’s No. 41 Fords next year. The team is expected to officially announce Busch’s decision to stay with SHR later this week when final details are worked out. Busch confirmed his new deal at SHR to motorsport.com.
“Having my hard work pay off by winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and the 2017 Daytona 500 has given me the drive to continue conquering the NASCAR world,” Busch said. “I am excited to enter the 2018 racing season as a Monster Energy athlete where I will continue to drive for my favorite manufacturer, the Ford Motor Company. "Knowing that SHR is committed to optimum performance, I believe that I have everything I need to win races this season and take home the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup. I look forward to taking on next year with my team, sponsors and determination.”
SHR announced months ago that it would not pick up the contract option to keep Busch Busch’s renewal will put him in SHR cars for a fifth season. SHR again will have four teams in the Cup Series, as Busch rejoins Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer and also will be teammates with Aric Almirola, the former Richard Petty Motorsports driver who is replacing the departed Danica Patrick. The Daytona 500 victory put Busch this year’s playoffs, but he was eliminated in the first round. Busch, the 2004 series champion, has 29 Cup victories in 612 career races.