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Kyle Busch puts his Toyota on the pole in Texas

Nationwide Series Qualifying
Thursday, April 02, 2009

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Kyle Busch and his Toyota keeps beating up on his NASCAR rivals in all three divisions.  He is the best NASCAR driver by a very wide margin
Kyle Busch won his 16th career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole on Thursday evening in qualifying for the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch recorded a lap of 188.252 mph in the No. 18 NOS Toyota to take his second pole at TMS, a track he won both Nationwide races at in 2008.

"It's pretty exciting to be on the pole here," Busch said. "Before the winds died down there later in the day we were really struggling. I was, anyway, with the way the wind was blowing us around. I was almost scared to drive the thing. We weren't very fast in the first one, but got going better in the second practice a little bit and made the car a little bit better here and there, and made some adjustments to it that we felt like would really help us for Saturday."

Matt Kenseth qualified second with a lap of 188.055 mph in the CitiFinancial Ford.

Paul Menard was third with a speed of 187.931 mph. He was followed by David Ragan, Jeff Burton, Carl Edwards and Terry Cook, all at 187 mph.

Tony Stewart (186.871), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (185.599) and Joey Logano (185.573) rounded out the top ten.

Results

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 188.252 28.685 Leader
2 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 188.055 28.715 -0.030
3 198 Paul Menard Ford Richmond / Menards 187.931 28.734 -0.049
4 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 187.709 28.768 -0.083
5 29 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 187.461 28.806 -0.121
6 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts 187.266 28.836 -0.151
7 91 Terry Cook Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 187.078 28.865 -0.180
8 33 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Armor All 186.871 28.897 -0.212
9 5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Fastenal 185.599 29.095 -0.410
10 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 185.573 29.099 -0.414
11 12 Justin Allgaier* Dodge Verizon FiOS Internet 185.230 29.153 -0.468
12 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 185.039 29.183 -0.498
13 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 184.862 29.211 -0.526
14 81 Kevin Hamlin Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 184.761 29.227 -0.542
15 47 Michael McDowell* Toyota Tom's Snacks 184.477 29.272 -0.587
16 27 Jason Keller Ford Cottonelle 183.930 29.359 -0.674
17 11 Scott Lagasse Jr.* Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 183.892 29.365 -0.680
18 62 Brendan Gaughan* Chevrolet South Point Hotel & Casino 183.855 29.371 -0.686
19 99 Michael Waltrip Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 183.630 29.407 -0.722
20 10 David Reutimann Toyota Beringer Vineyards 183.567 29.417 -0.732
21 102 Andy Ponstein Chevrolet Corrie Stott Racing.com 183.343 29.453 -0.768
22 196 Dennis Setzer Dodge Dusty's Collision 183.293 29.461 -0.776
23 177 Peyton Sellers Chevrolet SFP 183.187 29.478 -0.793
24 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 182.704 29.556 -0.871
25 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 182.494 29.590 -0.905
26 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Cash4Gold.com / Racing 1-800-527-1801 182.494 29.590 -0.905
27 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 182.463 29.595 -0.910
28 32 Burney Lamar Toyota Dollar General 182.371 29.610 -0.925
29 09 John Wes Townley* Ford Zaxby's 182.211 29.636 -0.951
30 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 181.733 29.714 -1.029
31 15 Michael Annett* Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 181.708 29.718 -1.033
32 07 David Green Toyota SK Motorsports 181.653 29.727 -1.042
33 42 Kenny Hendrick Dodge Smith-Ganassi Racing 181.165 29.807 -1.122
34 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 180.880 29.854 -1.169
35 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 180.536 29.911 -1.226
36 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 180.367 29.939 -1.254
37 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Courtyard By Marriott 179.366 30.106 -1.421
38 28 Kenny Wallace+ Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 179.128 30.146 -1.461
39 89 Morgan Shepherd+ Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 178.536 30.246 -1.561
40 61 Brandon Whitt+ Ford Specialty Racing 178.489 30.254 -1.569
41 05 Casey Atwood+ Ford MC2 Energy Drink / 31-W Insulation 178.336 30.280 -1.595
42 88 Brad Keselowski+ Chevrolet Hellmann's - - -
43 0 J C Stout Chevrolet Cash4Gold.com / Racing 1-800-527-1801 182.242 29.631 -0.946
Did Not Qualify
44 40 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Stop Repair Bills.com 181.555 29.743 -1.058
45 143 Josh Wise Ford Star De Azlan / Curb Records / Scotts 181.439 29.762 -1.077
46 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge my123backup.com 181.196 29.802 -1.117
47 49 Kertus Davis Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 181.172 29.806 -1.121
48 31 Kerry Earnhardt Chevrolet Thirstbusters 177.626 30.401 -1.716
49 84 Mike Harmon Chevrolet DAB Constructors 176.696 30.561 -1.876

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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