Despite driving for one of
Busch, who drives the No. 78 Chevrolet for
Although winless so far this season, Busch has finished in the top 10 in five of his last seven races. And he's a three-time winner at the track the Cup series visits next, New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
The top 10 drivers in points after 26 races qualify for NASCAR's 10-race Chase for the Cup title playoff, along with two wild-card drivers who have the most wins among those 11th to 20th in points.
Busch, the Cup series' champion in 2004 when he drove for what is now
In recent years the mercurial Kurt Busch, 34, mainly has made headlines for his occasional angry public outbursts, which contributed to his departure from
He then drove 29 of last season's 36 races for the one-car team of
But Busch's hold on a potential Chase spot is tenuous.
With eight races left before the Chase, three drivers --
In other words, unless Busch can stay in the top 10 in points over the next eight races, he'll need at least one win as well -- and will need to be 11th or 12th in the points -- if he wants to secure a Chase berth and a shot at a second championship.