NASCAR’s most hated beat writer Jim Utter reported that Kurt Busch will, in fact, leave Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of 2018 to join Chip Ganassi Racing.
Not only is Kurt Busch leaving but he is also reportedly taking his sponsor Monster Energy with him. Jamie McMurray will not return to the #1 next season seeing his second stint with Ganassi come to an end.
Motorsport — The former NASCAR Cup Series champion and one of his current sponsor, Monster Energy, will join Chip Ganassi Racing next season, Motorsport.com has learned.
Busch, 40, is expected to drive the No. 1 Chevrolet for CGR, replacing veteran Jamie McMurray, who is in the last year of his current contract with the team, multiple sources confirmed.
McMurray has underperformed compared to teammate Kyle Larson and while he’s a very reliable driver the Ganassi team wants to take the next step in terms of performance and finishes. Having two legit championship contending cars is the goal and currently, McMurray isn’t on the same competitive level as Kyle Larson.
Busch brings nearly two decades worth of experience with him to Ganassi along with a championship, 29 career Cup wins, a Daytona 500 win and oh right, a large sum of money from Monster. All of which undoubtedly sold Chip Ganassi on signing this guy for 2019.
No official announcement is expected for a while but where there is smoke there is certainly fire in NASCAR. This weekend at Michigan both McMurray and Busch declined to comment which was expected. How great would it be though if Kurt was like “Yep I’m headed to Ganassi next year” and just walked away like it was no big deal?
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