Kurt Busch heads into this Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 in a very unfamiliar position.
It was only four months ago that Kurt Busch held off a field of hungry drivers in the final turns of The Daytona 500 to bring home the very first victory for Ford as their new car manufacturer, the first victory for Monster Energy as a primary sponsor and the very first Daytona 500 victory of Busch’s career. Despite this storybook opening to the season however, Busch comes into The Coke Zero 400 with questions about leaving SHR and not victory.
And maybe he’s tired of hearing those kinds of questions. At least that;s what he alluded to during an interview with reporters on Thursday and while its up to interpretation as things usually are, its almost seems like he is sending the message that he isn’t the one that needs to be worrying about keeping his ride next year. In fact, Busch seemed to point the finger towards his SHR teammate in the #10 Aspen Dental Ford.
“I don’t have any worries,” Busch said on Thursday when asked about the possibility of him losing his ride with Stewart Haas Racing at the end of the year.. “I know that I delivered for the team. Our performance level isn’t one that should be in question. Winning the Daytona is special, but performing week in and week out, the deliverables that I bring sponsorship wise, that comes into play.”
“I know that (Monster Energy) working with NASCAR to try to sort out their issues with NASCAR and the entitlement sponsor. Busch continued, “So there’s a lot of moving parts. But I don’t feel any fear whatsoever. I actually feel really confident on the sponsorship that I bring. Ford Performance’s involvement with Stewart-Haas and how I blended in with this team, I feel great.”
Maybe Kurt Busch is just tired of hearing the question asked again and again, especially since he took home the trophy in the opening race of the season, but it also seemed like he was frustrated that he was the one being pounded with the question of keeping his ride and not Danica Patrick. In fact, one would think that with her having an opt out option in 2018 to leave SHR, that the spotlight and the questioning would be on her.
Again, maybe just a moment of anger, which has become the norm for Busch over the years, but SHR cant be too happy with the way that Busch used his words to talk about the situation. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!