Kurt Busch Leaving Stewart-Haas for Ganassi After Season

August 11, 2018 Updated: August 11, 2018

Kurt Busch is leaving Stewart-Haas Racing after the season to join Chip Ganassi Racing, according to multiple reports on Saturday.

Busch is rumored to be replacing Jamie McMurray in the No. 1 car. McMurray is in the final year of his contract.

The 40-year-old Busch is also reportedly taking the Monster Energy endorsement with him.

Busch tried to douse the rumors at Friday’s qualifying at Michigan International Speedway.

“I’m talking to a bunch of teams out there,” Busch said, per ESPN. “There’s nothing that’s been signed and whatever has been reported is all hearsay.”

NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch during practice.
NASCAR Cup Series driver Kurt Busch during practice. (Mike DiNovo/USA Today Sports)

Stewart-Haas issued a statement saying it doesn’t comment on the status of driver or partner contracts.

Busch, the 2004 Cup champ, joined Stewart-Haas in 2014 and has won five races with the team. For his 19-year career, he has 29 wins in 634 races.

He’s currently fourth in the points standings this season, despite going winless thus far.