Kurt Busch responds to rumors of move to CGR No. 1 car

Kurt Busch neither confirmed or denied the rumor that he would assume the seat of the No. 1 car at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019.

The 40-year-old Busch spoke to reporters after qualifying at Michigan International Speedway but shed little light on his status for next season.

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

Rumors about Busch replacing McMurray first appeared on Motorsport.com. It is believed that McMurray is in the final year of his contract with CGR who also fields a car for Kyle Larson.

Busch, the 2004 MENCS Champion and 2017 Daytona 500 winner, will start Sunday’s race from the 12th position. A year ago Busch signed a one year deal with SHR to remain with the team.

It is believed that Monster Energy would follow Busch to his next destination.

SHR responded to rumors with a statement saying Stewart-Haas Racing does not comment on the status of its contracts, be it driver or partner related. We appreciate your understanding.”

Currently SHR fields cars for Busch, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer. Cole Custer who drives an Xfinity Series car for the team has long been rumored to be headed to a Cup Series ride with the team.