Kurt Busch: “It doesn’t matter if I’m driving in 2020"

Kurt Busch doesn’t sound like he will leave Chip Ganassi Racing after this season but there’s no guarantee he will be driving, either.

Kurt Busch: “It doesn’t matter if I’m driving in 2020"
 Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota Camry M&M's Toyota Camry
Race Winner Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy
Race Winner Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy
 Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy
Race Winner Kurt Busch, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Monster Energy

Following Busch’s wild victory over brother Kyle last weekend at Kentucky, much of the talk centered on whether the win would provide Kurt an opportunity to continue driving at CGR beyond the one-year deal he signed in off-season.

On Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Busch was asked if discussions had started over the past week about next year.

“It doesn’t matter if I’m driving in 2020 and beyond. It would be … (trying) to make things work here for 2019 and continue to improve whether I’m driving or I’m not, to help all of Ganassi,” he said. 

“It’s just a matter of if I’m driving or I’m not. I’m still going to do my job to make sure we are progressing and pushing toward the future on what I believe is important and what they want to do to apply it and what they believe is important and what I have to listen to.”

Going for another championship

Busch, 40, said he doesn’t have “all the full answers” about his future but understands why questions arise when “everything is on a high” like after a win.

“Things are all pointing in the right direction to be teamed-up together and to continue to race and to win races and to run at a championship,” Busch said. 

“If I’m able to make a run at the championship, that could change things as well, and that wouldn’t happen until the week of Thanksgiving.”

During his post-race press conference at Kentucky last weekend, Busch admitted he had been seriously considering retiring at the end of the 2019 season.

shares
comments
Jeffrey Earnhardt set to resume his 2019 NASCAR season

Previous article

Jeffrey Earnhardt set to resume his 2019 NASCAR season

Next article

Brad Keselowski tops Kyle Busch for New Hampshire pole

Brad Keselowski tops Kyle Busch for New Hampshire pole
Load comments
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021
Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption Prime

Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a chance of redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Effectively replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith...

NASCAR Cup
Feb 11, 2021
Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Dec 28, 2020
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Prime

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future…

NASCAR Cup
Nov 18, 2020
Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture Prime

Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture

“You can’t hear me? Hey n*****” Those fateful words uttered by Kyle Larson, spoken into his esports headset on April 12, were directed at his sim racing spotter – but instead they quickly became amplified around the world via social media, including his own Twitch stream.

NASCAR Cup
Oct 29, 2020