DENVER, COLORADO :: After announcing roughly a month back that Kurt Busch wouldn't return to Furniture Row Racing, they are now in need of a driver. With top prospects like Ryan Newman and Juan Montoya already deciding their future it leaves Furniture Row with no "great" driver to choose from.
2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion, Bobby Labonte has been in the early conversation of getting this FFR (Furniture Row Racing) ride. Labonte who hasn't seen victory lane since Homstead in 2003, has been driving for JTG Daughtery in the No. 47 Toyota. That team though isn't re-signing Labonte for 2014 because they picked up AJ Allmendinger last month. Labonte isn't maybe the top prospect but is definitely a option.
After resigning from Richard Childress Racing Jeff Burton has been in NASCAR'S Free Agency but now with the No. 78 all open it put's him in a pretty good situation. The No. 78 is a RCR (Richard Childress Racing) powered car, which Burton has had experience with. Burton could easily retire from racing and coach his nephew Jeb Burton in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. A big deciding factor of whether Burton gets a ride next year could be this weekend, he loves Loudon and with a win it would make his chances of this ride a lot better.
Another and possibly the final contender for this spot in 2013 Talladega winner, David Ragan. The current Front Row Racing driver isn't signed for 2014 and his options are either the No. 78 car or re-sign with the No. 34 team. Ragan hasn't been mentioned for this ride, but in my mind he is a front running candidate.
Mark Martin (looking for part time)