Kurt Busch willing to return to Stewart-Haas

Kurt Busch continues to field offers after Stewart-Haas Racing opted not to pick up the 2018 option on his contract Aug. 1, but the 2004 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion said a return to the team would be a simple matter.

"It's as easy as them giving me an offer," Busch said in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports.

SHR officials, including co-owner Gene Haas in an interview with Motorsport.com and executive Joe Custer in an interview with USA TODAY Sports, have expressed a strong belief that Busch will return to the #41 Ford.

Busch said sponsor Monster Energy moving with him to another team is "a possibility" but added "there's a lot of moving parts."

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