Report: Kurt Busch close to new deal to stay with Stewart-Haas Racing

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With a handshake deal reportedly already in place, all Kurt Busch needs to do is sign on the dotted line to continue driving the No. 41 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing past this season.

According to a report by Motorsport.com on Monday, Busch and team co-owner Gene Haas have shaken on contract extension and are working to put the details in writing.

“Kurt Busch is one of those unique personalities,” Haas told Motorsport.com. “We’re in the process (of re-signing).

“Three weeks ago, we had a handshake deal that he would come back. But we’re still working on his contract, too. So we expect him to be back.

“We expect to have more sponsors for him. We expect a lot of things and when it all sorts out, we’ll have an announcement then.”

Currently ninth in the standings, Busch has all but clinched his place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with two wins, even though he missed the season’s first three races serving a NASCAR suspension.

“I really enjoy driving for Gene and Tony, and it’s my intention to continue driving for them,” Busch told Motorsport.com. “My focus right now is finishing the regular season strong, then going for a championship.”

Busch, 37, won the inaugural Sprint Cup championship in 2004. In 525 career Cup starts, he has 27 wins, 19 poles, 113 top-five and 213 top-10 finishes.

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