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Source: Kyle Busch may narrow choices to four by weekend

LOUDON, N.H. -- Kyle Busch has visited eight Nextel Cup organizations since he became a free agent and could have his final list arrowed to four by the end of the weekend, a source close to the situation said on Friday.

One of those organizations is Evernham Motorsports, where team members say the 22-year-old driver spent part of Tuesday.

Other organizations believed to be in the mix are the Chevrolet teams of Richard Childress Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Ginn Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing, and the Dodge team of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Busch said he has not had sit-down discussions with Penske Racing officials even though his older brother, Kurt Busch, said there have been conversations.

But he did say Chevrolet and Dodge teams were in the mix, and that there has been some contact by Ford. Robert Yates Racing is the only Ford team known to have expressed an interest.

"It's been a good process, and I'm looking forward to being able to sit down and do some more discussion in the next couple of weeks and finalize something and get on the road and be done with it," Busch said before practice at New Hampshire International Speedway.

"The teams have their timetables with their sponsors and stuff like that they have to let know. ... There are a couple of teams that would like to know within the next three or four [weeks]."

Busch became a free agent earlier this month when it was announced he had been released from the final year of his contract so Hendrick Motorsports could sign Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 2008.

Busch said finding a team that can help him win a title is his top priority. He also would like a team where everybody in the organization stands behind him.

"Somebody looking out for Kyle Busch, somebody that will back me, somebody that ... when I'm right will back me up and when I'm wrong will take me off to the side and tell me," said Busch, whose aggressive style and sometimes brash personality have gotten him in trouble.

"Just an organization that'll be to the point and tell you to your face. I don't need somebody or people that will be sort of two-faced. They'll be, 'Ah, you're great, this that and everything else.' Then they'll go behind closed doors and talk to somebody else and say he's out of control."

Asked if it was that way at HMS, Busch said, "I didn't see it, but I heard it. I'd rather just look and find somebody that does stand behind me, that I know stands behind me, that I hear from everybody stands behind me instead of hearing it through the grapevine that there are different things being said."

Busch said finding the right organization to brand his name as was the case with Earnhardt isn't a key.

"Dale Earnhardt Jr., you have to remember, is Dale Earnhardt Jr.," said Busch, the defending champion of this race. "He can sell a chocolate Popsicle to a woman in a white dress. It's easy.

"Kyle Busch, he wouldn't be able to sell a favorite candy bar to a kid. I've got work to do. I know that and understand that."

David Newton covers motorsports for ESPN.com