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Kurt Busch Returns to SHR After All

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Since the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series wrapped up almost a month ago, we knew where everyone was headed after the final lap was raced at Homestead except for one. We all knew that Dale Earnhardt Jr was going to retire and Matt Kenseth going on hiatus to pretty much do what he pleased. Danica Patrick’s run in NASCAR’s highest level came to an end and decided to step away from full time racing for good. Now inside Stewart-Haas Racing, one spot is finally filled.

Kurt Busch as it turns out will be returning to SHR after all even when it was announced earlier in the season that his option would not be picked up, most likely due to Monster Energy having to end driver only sponsorship now that they have bigger fish to fry. Even with one win in 2017 which is the Daytona 500, the reason for the slight downsize could be the switch to Ford in which even Kevin Harvick had a slight change in performance also. Harvick however managed to make the Championship 4.

It looked to become an up and down year for Kurt after winning the Great American Race finishing 24th or worst in five of the seven races, then rebounded with better finishes only to be stuck around the top 15 all season. Kurt’s best finish after Daytona was second in Kansas during the playoffs, but he was already eliminated by then. He once again had a streak of finishing outside the top ten five consecutive times and then finished 21st or worst in three of the last five playoff races and led only 16 laps all season.

With Aric Almirola replacing Patrick in the 10 car, Kurt will rejoin Harvick and Clint Bowyer. No new details have come out as of press time, but most likely new sponsorship will play a role in Kurt returning for one more season.

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