Instead, one of the most obvious possible openings for Busch for 2014 would be the #42 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing car. The team has been floundering in recent seasons and earlier this month decided that shock treatment was necessary, with Chip Ganassi deciding not to renew the contract of his close friend Juan Pablo Montoya at the end of the current season.
If Ganassi is after someone with a proven track record of shaking up seemingly moribund Sprint Cup teams, then it's hard to think how Kurt Busch could be any more obvious a choice for the #42 - and Busch confirmed that he'd been thinking about and talking with EGR in recent days.
“The Ganassi thing came up and other phone calls have happened," he admitted.
However, the current speculation is firmly revolving around the possible if somewhat surprising possibility of Busch joining up with Stewart, Patrick and Harvick - and if that happened then it would without question be one of the biggest and most tantalising team line-ups in Sprint Cup in 2014.