BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Kurt Busch has talked to several teams about driving for them next season, but the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion said Friday night he has not signed any deal for 2019.
Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner Gene Haas wouldn't rule out Busch returning to the team, but he indicated Friday it is up in the air whether Busch and sponsor Monster Energy return to the organization.
Motorsport.com reported, citing sources, that Busch would leave SHR with Monster Energy next year and he is expected to replace Jamie McMurray at Chip Ganassi Racing.
"I'm talking to a bunch of teams out there," Busch said after qualifying Friday at Michigan International Speedway. "There's nothing that's been signed and whatever has been reported is all hearsay."
Mitch Covington, a Monster Energy vice president who oversees the brand's sports marketing efforts including the partial-season primary sponsorship of Busch at SHR, declined to comment on its 2019 plans or confirm that the company would switch teams.
"There's a possibility of that [Busch will stay]," Haas said Friday night. "I don't really have any comment because I haven't seen anything one way or the other."
A Chip Ganassi Racing spokesman had no comment.
"I don't talk about contracts," McMurray said Friday when asked about the report. "I just don't discuss any of that kind of stuff."
Busch, whose last win came in the 2017 Daytona 500, is fourth in the Cup standings and should easily make the playoffs.
McMurray is 22nd in the standings and needs a win in the next four races to make the playoffs. Winless since 2013, McMurray was 12th in the standings last year and 13th in each of the two seasons prior.
McMurray made his Cup debut with Ganassi in 2002 and was with the team through 2005. He joined Roush Fenway Racing from 2006-09 and then returned to Ganassi starting in 2010.