Adam Stern was on one Thursday dropping silly season bomb one after another. First, it was JTG Racing exploring driver options for both cars in 2019. Stern then followed it up by saying Kurt Busch has reached out to Chip Ganassi racing about the availability of the #1 car in 2019.
➖ @JamieMcMurray's deal is up at the end of this year, and Ganassi Racing is evaluating its options, including the possibility of keeping McMurray with the No. 1 Chevrolet in '19. pic.twitter.com/Py0UusCRzy
— Adam Stern (@A_S12) August 9, 2018
Kyle Larson has been the torch bearer at Ganassi since he joined the team. Jamie McMurray hasn’t won since 2013, while he manages to bring the car home more often than not he hasn’t shown the speed Larson has. Unfortunately for McMurray, his average finish in 2018 is 19.5, nearly 5 positions lower than where he was in 2017. Some of that is the struggle with the Camaro body but others have managed to adapt.
Meanwhile, Kurt Busch has seen his average finish this year increase from 16.5 in 2017 to 12.8 in 2018. The Stewart-Haas Racing Ford package is the class of the field in 2018 but Busch has shown no signs of slowing down. He seems to be forgotten about at SHR this year behind Harvick’s dominance, Clint’s wins and Almirola’s near wins. And once again Kurt is left wondering if his ride is in danger for 2019.
According to SHR earlier in the season, they expect all four drivers back in 2019. Busch’s seat has always been viewed as Cole Custer’s future seat and in 2019 it very well may be. Monster Energy operates on a one year deal and HAAS Automation does as well, leaving Kurt in a spot that makes him inquire elsewhere.
Busch would be a great fit at Ganassi. He still possesses raw speed, talent and a desire to win and Chip loves to say that he likes winners. Not to mention Ganassi fields a super competitive IndyCar team in case Kurt ever wants to take another shot at the Indy 500.
Give us Larson and Busch as teammates next year. They’re two guys that can literally drive anything anywhere. Larson could benefit from a teammate pushing him as well.