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Sport Report: Kurt Busch leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Chip Ganassi Racing

01:57  11 august  2018
01:57  11 august  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Stewart - Haas Racing is an American professional stock car racing team that currently competes in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series

Race Winner: Kevin Harvick of Stewart - Haas Racing (Ford) Stage 1 Winner: Ryan Blaney of Team Penske (Ford) Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing Kurt Busch started eighth and finished ninth to score two bonus points. The No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Fusion was eighth when

a group of people in different colors: Kurt Busch wins Daytona 500© (Getty Images) Kurt Busch wins Daytona 500

Kurt Busch is leaving Stewart-Haas Racing after this season, along with primary sponsor Monster Energy, according to a report by Jim Utter of Motorsport.com.

According to the report, both Busch and Monster Energy will go to Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 1 Chevrolet. Jamie McMurray, the current driver for that team, is in the final year of his contract and will not return, multiple sources told Motorsport.com.

Both Stewart-Haas Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing representatives declined comment on the report.

Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup champion, joined Stewart-Hass in 2014. He's won five races with the organization, and qualified for the playoffs each season. The 40-year-old driver has 29 career wins in 19 seasons. He's currently fourth in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings.

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Race Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Toyota) Stage 1 Winner: Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford) Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing (Toyota). Kurt Busch , driver of the No. 41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Ford Fusion for Stewart - Haas Racing

Race Winner: Ryan Blaney of Wood Brothers Racing (Ford) Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota) Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet). Kurt Busch , driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford Fusion for Stewart - Haas Racing

Busch told Motorsport.com last month he had not begun talks on an extension with Stewart-Haas, but he noted Monster Energy's loyalty to him.

“I don’t know many drivers that have a primary sponsor with them. Monster Energy has been very loyal to me." Busch said. "It’s just a matter of when the time is to start talking about a contract. Last year, it went long just because I felt I deserved more.

“The landscape is changing in NASCAR on primary sponsorship values, teams with the purse and the guarantee that they get off the historical performance. There are a lot of things that move, so we’ll see how it all comes together.”

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FRR reportedly is growing confident that Truex, the defending Cup Series champion, and manufacturer Toyota will re-up for 2019.The report was quick to point out that it was unclear how FRR would fund the deal in the wake of 5-hour Energy's decision not to return as a primary sponsor after the 2018 season.

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