Kurt Busch has confirmed that he will not return to Stewart-Haas Racing next season.

In a message posted to his social media channels, the 2004 Cup Series champion reflected on his time behind the No. 41 for team owners Kurt Busch and Gene Haas. Motorsport.com reported in August that the 40-year-old would move to Chip Ganassi Racing next season to replace Jamie McMurray in the No. 1.

But in recent weeks, there was movement that suggested that Busch had an option to remain at SHR, but those negotiations never produced a new contract.

"I would like to thank Stewart-Haas for five fantastic years driving the No. 41," Busch said. "I will miss everyone, especially the crew chiefs I worked with, Daniel Knost, Tony Gibson and Billy Scott, I love you giys. The stats add up ...

"Six win, 11 pole, 37 top-fives, 90 top-10s and more than 1,900 laps led. Unfortunately, it's not in the cards for me to stay. I'm looking forward to the future and new opportunities ahead."

Daniel Suarez was recently released from Joe Gibbs Racing to make room for Martin Truex Jr. and is expected to drive the No. 41 next season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

With SHR, Busch won the 2017 Daytona 500 and had a shot at the 2018 champion before his elimination in the penultimate race of the season at Phoenix Raceway. His best points result was seventh in both 2016 and 2018.

Source: Autoweek

December 3, 2018