Stewart-Haas Racing anticipates that Kurt Busch will drive one of the team’s Fords in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, the team confirmed on social media.
SHR’s official Twitter handle sent out the following:
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 1, 2017
The team tweet was in response to an NBC Sports story that, citing a source with knowledge of the negotiations, stated the team declined Busch’s 2018 contract option.
A Stewart-Haas spokesperson said the team’s tweet would be its only official response.
The team had until midnight today to pick up the option, according to NBC, but reportedly informed Busch, the 2004 champion and winner of this year’s Daytona 500, that it would not do so.