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One of NASCAR's top free agent drivers clearly has a contract on his mind

Kurt Busch earned pole position for the AAA Texas 500 and he did so in record-breaking fashion.

Busch's top lap at Texas Motor Speedway broke a track record and averaged nearly 201 mph.

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According to The Final Lap, Busch was excited to emerge at the top among drivers posting some rather mind-blowing top speeds. But even while out qualifying for the top spot, he had his current contract negotiations with Stewart-Haas Racing on his mind.

"No updates for me, we are in negotiations," said Busch. "Days like today help quite a bit."

It seemed like no matter what the question, he found a way to tie it into the ongoing negotiations.

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"There are different hats you wear. I didn't have a shot at running top-five at Martinsville but I had a teammate in front of me," Busch said. "It is the small things that add up and when you are in contract negotiations you wave that in front of them as well."

Busch has 29 career wins in the series and won the 2004 Monster Energy Cup Series Championship. You'd figure driver of his caliber should have no problem landing a car for next season. But in the uncertainty of the sport, only time will tell.