Rumors are Kurt Busch is listening to offers from Phoenix Racing which is a sponsor-less one car team that quite frankly under achieves. While Kurt can surely bring some money through a sponsor and the misplaced Red Bull Racing guys could create a pretty good team.
I would have to think that one year with a team that under achieves could possibly ruin Kurt’s career, and would suggest a year in the Nationwide series. Kurt would surely be the front-runner to win the Nationwide Series and could use that to garner interest next year when contract talks come up. At this moment there are better options for a contending team at the Nationwide level than in the Sprint Cup Series. It’s never easy for Cup guys to go back and race in a lower level, but at this moment the options are limited and thinking career over short-term could really have Kurt leaning towards this decision.
That’s my two cents anyway.