Kurt Busch could stay put for 2014

CONCORD, N.C. -- Kurt Busch says Furniture Row is a "strong option'' for him in 2014.

Busch signed with the Denver-based Sprint Cup team late last season, finishing the year with three consecutive top-10s to build momentum for this season.

There has been much speculation that the 2004 Cup champion was using the single-car team as a stepping stone to a top-tier organization after this year. Much of that speculation has involved Busch going to Richard Childress Racing, which supplies engines and chassis to Furniture Row.

But Busch told ESPN.com during Day 2 of the Sprint Media Tour that he is happy at Furniture Row, which he already considers a fourth car at RCR.

"It's a strong option,'' he said of signing an extension.

Furniture Row general manager Joe Garone said preliminary discussions already are taking place with Busch. Asked if he thought it was possible a deal could be reached, he said, "Yeah, I do.''

Busch said serious negotiations for next season likely wouldn't start until sometime after April.

Garone said the organization also continues to build toward growing to two cars. Whether that happens in 2014 he said depends on sponsorship, saying the current Furniture Row ownership that sponsors Busch's No. 78 car would not sponsor a second car.

Busch spent most of last season driving for Phoenix Racing after parting with Penske Racing following a controversial 2011 season. He has 24 career wins.