Top Cup Series team has its eyes on one driver for its ride in 2018

Even though Kurt Busch set a new track record at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend, he still doesn't have a contract to race next season.

Now, one of the men who co-owns the team that Busch races for is speaking out on the subject.

Speaking to reporters following the AAA Texas 500, Tony Stewart let it be known he wants Busch to return to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018.

"We're still working through all that, but obviously it's pretty busy right now," Stewart said. "Obviously, we're going to have a big announcement next week for the 10 car and we're still working on the 41 right now. But that's our goal is to have Kurt back in that car for next year."

It's expected that veteran driver Aric Almirola will replace fan favorite Danica Patrick in the No. 10 Ford Fusion next year, with Busch likely to return to the No. 41 race car as soon as Monster makes a decision whether to extend its sponsorship.

On the season, the 39-year-old Busch has one win, 15 top-10s, and also won the pole at Texas Motor Speedway just a few days ago. When asked about his contract status following that record-setting qualifying lap, Busch made this short statement, according to

"No updates from me," Busch said. "We're in negotiations so days like today help quite a bit."

Video: Tony Stewart and Rodney Childers talk about AAA Texas 500