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Kevin Harvick ‘100 percent open’ to having Kyle Busch as a teammate

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INDIANAPOLIS. While Kyle Busch’s future at Joe Gibbs Racing remains uncertain, Kevin Harvick said he was “100% open” to Kyle Bush as a teammate.

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Stewart-Haas Racing has a chance for next season. Aric Almirola announcing before the start of the season that he would retire from full-time Cup racing after that season. However, there are rumors that Almirola could return to the car part-time or full-time to keep sponsor Smithfield.

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“It can’t be that Kyle Busch doesn’t have a lot of options,” Harvick said Saturday morning at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I know there’s a lot going on around Kyle, but at the end of the day, Kyle is still one of the best who’s ever walked through this garage. There are many teams that can say that they have never had this type of pilot. He could literally rebuild the organization if someone took a chance who didn’t have one of those drivers.”

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While Harvick and Busch have a history, Harvick said it doesn’t matter if Busch joins Stewart-Haas Racing.

“I get along great with Kyle,” Harvick said. “We are going to compete with each other and get mad at each other, but I have a good relationship with Kyle. I can tell you that with a teammate like Kyle, my car goes faster. Because when all the cars go fast, they all run faster, faster. I’m 100 percent open to having Kyle as my teammate.”

Harvick said he was unsure about Stewart-Haas Racing’s plans for next year.

Harvick competes in Sunday’s Indianapolis Cup Race (2:30 pm ET on NBC) with a 64-race winless streak.

Stewart-Haas Racing has one win this season (Chase Briscoe in Phoenix in March). The organization only won once last year (Almirola in New Hampshire).

Bush’s contract expires after the end of this season. Its status remains unknown because Joe Gibbs Racing was unable to find a sponsor for the following year.

Earlier this month, David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, said Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing were considering contingency plans while still trying to sign Bush.

On Saturday, Bush said he would take less money to stay at Gibbs.



Source: nascar.nbcsports.com

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