Busch Awaits Team Boss Decision

Kurt Busch says it is up to his current team boss Jack Roush whether he can end his Roush Racing contract a year early in order to join Penske Racing

Busch Awaits Team Boss Decision

Busch has signed with Penske Racing to replace the retiring Rusty Wallace in the #2 entry when his current contract expires at the end of 2006, however he asked his current team if he could be released at the end of this season to replace Wallace, who is retiring at the end of this year.

Roush Racing said initially that no decision has yet been taken on that request due to sponsor consideration, and Busch says that if he has to see out his contract then he will remain committed to the team.

Busch explained: "I met with Jack Roush personally Tuesday morning to let him know that I am committed to Roush Racing and the #97 team as we attempt to defend our Nextel Cup Championship this season and through the remainder of my contract, but that I have signed a multi-year agreement to drive the Penske Racing South #2 car beginning in 2007.

"We did briefly address, solely as a matter of timing, the possibility of a release from my 2006 contract with Roush Racing, but that is Jack's decision.

"There are a lot of factors involved in a release and no immediate decision was made. All of this, however, is in the future. For as long as I am in the #97 car, my total focus and commitment will be to Roush Racing, its sponsors and on our collective goal to win another Nextel Cup Championship.

"I look forward to success this weekend at Watkins Glen and hopefully solidifying our position in the 2005 Chase for the Cup."

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