- David Newton, ESPN Carolina Panthers reporter
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Kyle Busch has narrowed his list of prospective teams to Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Evernham Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing, sources close to the situation said on Thursday.
Busch became the top free agent in the Nextel Cup series when Dale Earnhardt Jr. was signed by Hendrick Motorsports to replace him next season.
The 22-year-old driver visited eight teams and then narrowed his search to three Chevrolet teams and two Dodge teams.
He is expected to have a new deal by early August.
Waltrip on Reutimann
Waltrip said he and Dale Jarrett are committed to the same cars next season with NAPA and UPS likely to return as the primary sponsors.
He said the decision on whether to keep Reutimann in the No. 00 car will be made by mid-July.
"We'll just have to see how sponsorship looks, whether it will be Burger King and Dominoes again or Burger King and somebody else," he said.
Eury Jr. in '08?
Crew chief Tony Eury Jr. has had discussions with team owner Rick Hendrick about joining Earnhardt at HMS next season.
"I'm really not going to worry about that until November," Eury said. "I told him if we get something worked out that will be fine. He just knows that I'd like to come and we left it at that."
Eury doesn't expect it will be a problem getting out of his contract with DEI. But his first priority is getting Earnhardt in the Chase for the Championship this season.
David Newton covers motorsports for ESPN.com.
Kyle Busch has narrowed his list of prospective teams to Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Dale Earnhardt Inc., Evernham Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing, sources close to the situation said on Thursday.