Updates with background, details By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Less than a decade removed from a championship in NASCAR's top series, Kurt Busch is an underdog now.
It's a role he seems plenty comfortable with.
There are three races remaining in the regular season, and Busch is ninth in the points standings, meaning he has a decent shot at a surprising berth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. That's quite a step for the 35-year-old driver - whose career looked anything but stable as recently as last year.
''Furniture Row team is acting like a big-time player right now,'' Busch said after finishing third at Michigan on Sunday. ''We have a little bit of weaknesses here and there, but overall we keep posting good results, and it's very satisfying.''
He'll have to make his run at making the Chase while apparently contemplating his future.
Busch has reportedly been offered a deal to drive a fourth car next season for Stewart-Haas Racing, and is mulling that offer and others. The de...