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Kurt Busch wins pole in Vegas at home track

NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying
Friday, February 26, 2010

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To help sell race tickets on Sunday, Las Vegas native Kurt Busch won the pole for Sunday's Shelby American Cup Series race with a track-record speed of 188.719 mph.

Busch hopes to follow his brother and defending race winner Kyle Busch to Victory Lane. Turning a lap in 28.614 seconds, Busch edged Jeff Gordon (188.646 mph) for the top starting spot in the third race of the season.

Ryan Newman (188.180 mph) qualified third during a session in which 18 drivers broke Kyle Busch's qualifying mark of 185.995 mph (29.033 seconds), set last year. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (188.173 mph) will start fourth and Kyle Busch (188.153 mph) fifth.

Kurt Busch took to the track with the same crew chief -- Steve Addington -- who guided Kyle to victory at Las Vegas last year. Relieved of his duties at Joe Gibbs Racing late last season, Addington accepted an offer with Kurt's No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge team during the offseason.

"I've got the right guy in my camp," said Busch, who won his first pole since 2007, his first in NASCAR's new race car and the 11th of his career. "It seems like Steve Addington definitely has his game on here at this track. I just hope that bleeds over to Sunday.

"I would say we used a combination of what I was familiar with and what he [Addington] liked. Right now, that's our plan of attack each week. We had success last year with our [car]. It feels good to have Addington's notes and knowledge to blend into that. ... It feels really neat here in our hometown, Las Vegas."

Gordon said the new tire combination Goodyear brought to the track was primarily responsible for the dramatic increase in qualifying speed compared to last year.

Lineup

POS CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 188.719 28.614 Leader
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Pepsi Max / DuPont 188.646 28.625 -0.011
3 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Tornados 188.180 28.696 -0.082
4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 188.173 28.697 -0.083
5 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 188.153 28.700 -0.086
6 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 187.611 28.783 -0.169
7 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 187.598 28.785 -0.171
8 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 187.500 28.800 -0.186
9 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Old Spice / Office Depot 186.942 28.886 -0.272
10 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 186.793 28.909 -0.295
11 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 186.748 28.916 -0.302
12 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac / Kellogg's 186.554 28.946 -0.332
13 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 186.548 28.947 -0.333
14 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge Mobil 1 186.445 28.963 -0.349
15 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota FrontRowJoe.com 186.355 28.977 -0.363
16 12 Brad Keselowski Dodge Penske Racing 186.245 28.994 -0.380
17 00 David Reutimann Toyota Tums 186.233 28.996 -0.382
18 6 David Ragan Ford UPS 186.188 29.003 -0.389
19 9 Kasey Kahne Ford Budweiser 185.995 29.033 -0.419
20 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 185.963 29.038 -0.424
21 13 Max Papis Toyota GEICO 185.497 29.111 -0.497
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 185.395 29.127 -0.513
23 82 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 185.236 29.152 -0.538
24 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 185.109 29.172 -0.558
25 34 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver's 185.058 29.180 -0.566
26 98 Paul Menard Ford Moen / Menards 184.773 29.225 -0.611
27 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Ground 184.615 29.250 -0.636
28 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 184.590 29.254 -0.640
29 71 Bobby Labonte Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 184.552 29.260 -0.646
30 36 Mike Bliss Chevrolet KimKardashianFragrance / Sephora.com 184.540 29.262 -0.648
31 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 184.458 29.275 -0.661
32 47 Marcos Ambrose Toyota Kingsford / Scott Products 184.445 29.277 -0.663
33 55 Michael McDowell Toyota Prism Motorsports 184.439 29.278 -0.664
34 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Pennzoil Ultra 184.080 29.335 -0.721
35 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Gold Filters 183.961 29.354 -0.740
36 66 Dave Blaney Toyota Prism Motorsports 183.955 29.355 -0.741
37 19 Elliott Sadler Ford Stanley 183.467 29.433 -0.819
38 38 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 181.965 29.676 -1.062
39 37 Kevin Conway* Ford Extenze 181.843 29.696 -1.082
40 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Valvoline 181.026 29.830 -1.216
41 26 Boris Said+ Ford Southern Pride Trucking 176.586 30.580 -1.966
42 7 Robby Gordon+ Toyota Monster Energy - - -
43 09 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Phoenix Racing 183.038 29.542 -0.928
Did Not Qualify
44 190 Casey Mears Chevrolet Keyed-Up Motorsports 182.248 29.630 -1.016
45 46 Terry Cook* Dodge Whitney Motorsports 180.705 29.883 -1.269

+ Set by Owner Points
* Denotes Rookie

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