Kurt Busch Has Options, Phone Not Stopped Ringing

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Just days after Stewart-Haas Racing decided not to pick-up the option on Kurt Busch’s contract for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Season, he met with a small group of reporters, on Saturday, saying he isn’t worried.

“The phone didn’t stop ringing all week, not just because it was my birthday,” Busch said, when asked about his interactions with other potential teams. “The disruption of them not picking up my option, it gets the crew guys all flustered, ah, Ford is very surprised by it. We just got to stay focused, stay sharp and there is no reason not to think we couldn’t be back here. It’s just a matter of making it all work out. I am not too worried about it.

“Ford is definitely more on my side with the way the results came out, so we will see how it all works out.”

Busch said he isn’t concerned about the timeframe, considering there is still time to get a deal done before the end of the season. It’s August and he feels like between the possibility of reaching a deal at SHR or, perhaps, with the other teams he is talking to that he will be okay going forward.

“There is no stress whatsoever,” he said. “There’s plenty of time for all options to unfold. There are a couple of offers already, so we will see how things work out.”

Busch opened the 2017 season with a win in the Daytona 500 – the first race that his car sponsor, Monster Energy, was serving as the new entitlement sponsor of NASCAR’s top series. The energy drink company, which is known to be some of the most intense negotiators in business, has been silent on their involvement in Buch’s future.

Attempts to reach Mitch Covington, Monster Energy VP of Sports Marketing, have be unsuccessful but in February he confirmed the company was very supportive of Busch and had been so for years.

“Kurt is the real deal,” Covington said, at the time. “I tell all of our other athletes, that if you want to look at a professional, look at Kurt Busch. We have over 1,000 athletes right now and we have never dealt with any of them, who are ore professional. Kurt has the heart of a racer and he is emotional about it and Kurt races up on the wheel every lap. We tell our other athletes if they want to pattern themselves, especially the younger ones, go spend some time with Kurt Busch.”

2 Comments

  1. strumb

    August 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Think the headline’s missing a word or two, bud

    EDITOR’S REPLY: Yeah, it’s a headline, not the story. It is allowed to have words missing because it is not a quote. It is designed to get you to read the story. Thanks for playing. LOL

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