Kurt Busch confirms he's not driving the No. 41 car in 2019

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FILE – In this July 20, 2018, file photo, <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/sprint/drivers/156/" data-ylk="slk:Kurt Busch">Kurt Busch</a> waits in his car before NASCAR Cup Series auto racing practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. NASCAR’s driver carousel will spin long after the season finale. Former Cup champions Busch and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/sprint/drivers/81/" data-ylk="slk:Matt Kenseth">Matt Kenseth</a>, and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/sprint/drivers/3574/" data-ylk="slk:Daniel Suarez">Daniel Suarez</a>, <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/nationwide/drivers/1245" data-ylk="slk:AJ Allmendinger">AJ Allmendinger</a>, <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/sprint/drivers/930/" data-ylk="slk:Regan Smith">Regan Smith</a> and <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nascar/sprint/drivers/191/" data-ylk="slk:Jamie McMurray">Jamie McMurray</a> are among the drivers certain to start next season with new teams or new roles. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)
FILE – In this July 20, 2018, file photo, Kurt Busch waits in his car before NASCAR Cup Series auto racing practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. NASCAR’s driver carousel will spin long after the season finale. Former Cup champions Busch and Matt Kenseth, and Daniel Suarez, AJ Allmendinger, Regan Smith and Jamie McMurray are among the drivers certain to start next season with new teams or new roles. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

No, Kurt Busch is not re-signing with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Busch made his departure from the team official Sunday evening when he said in a tweet that he would not be returning to SHR in 2019. Busch has driven for the team since 2014.

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Busch’s departure is not unexpected. He signed a one-year extension with SHR before the 2018 season and is widely expected to take over the No. 1 car at Chip Ganassi Racing in 2019.

The 2004 champion was a playoff-caliber driver with SHR and it’ll be intriguing to see if he will be at CGR in 2019. Assuming, of course, that’s where he ends up. Busch finished seventh in the 2018 standings and was also seventh in 2016.

Busch won six races in five seasons at Stewart-Haas. He has 30 career wins in 648 starts. If he joins Ganassi he will be replacing Jamie McMurray and team with Kyle Larson, who also made the playoffs in 2018.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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