“They selected to not decide up their choice, however I see it nearly as good choices for me.” (Photograph: Getty Photographs)&#thirteen;

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – On the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, Aug. 1, Kurt Busch turned a free agent when Stewart-Haas Racing declined to select up the choice on the 2017 Daytona 500 winner.

That doesn’t imply, essentially, that Busch gained’t be again within the No. forty one SHR Ford subsequent yr. In reality, the group introduced in a tweet that the expectation is that Busch shall be again.

Nevertheless, Busch additionally has the chance to barter with different group house owners about filling probably empty seats.  

“They selected to not decide up their choice, however I see it nearly as good choices for me,” Busch informed reporters earlier than Saturday morning’s first Monster Power NASCAR Cup Collection follow. “I’m not too apprehensive about it. I really feel like there’s extra choices on the market than exist right here (at Stewart-Haas alone).”

Busch, who celebrated his thirty ninth birthday on Friday, indicated he has already heard from quite a few suitors.

“The telephone didn’t cease ringing all week, not simply because it was my birthday,” he stated. “I’m on the lookout for the absolute best choice to race a aggressive automotive that’s acquired an opportunity to win races, win poles and compete for a championship. There’s totally different automobiles which are choices for me, and Stewart-Haas is certainly one of them.

“The disruption of them not choosing up my choice, it will get the crew guys all flustered. Ford could be very stunned by it. And so we’ve simply acquired to remain targeted, keep sharp. There’s no cause to not assume that I couldn’t be again right here. It’s only a matter of creating all of it work out. I’m not too nervous about it.”