The 2004 Sprint Cup champion lost favor with Penske Racing and primary sponsor Shell Pennzoil during a season in which he had multiple behavioral run-ins on and off the track.
"I am grateful to Penske Racing for six very productive years," Busch said in a statement. "Together we won a lot of races --16 in all. Leaving a great organization and a lucrative contract is not easy, but it's an important step for me and allows me to take a deep breath to work on things that can make me a better driver and a better person."
So ... where do you think Kurt Busch will wind up? And who do you think will be handling the #22 in the Daytona 500?