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Kyle Busch beats Kahne for 600 pole

by Pete McCole
Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Kyle Busch on pole
Rhonda McCole
Kyle Busch rocketed to his third pole position in two weeks on Thursday night, grabbing the lead-off spot for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Busch’s lap of 185.433 mph was enough to knock Kasey Kahne off the top spot, earning Busch his fourth career pole and his second of the season.

Kahne held onto the second starting spot, followed by Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle and David Ragan.

Busch’s pole-winning run came as a surprise for the current series points leader, as Busch was unhappy with the car during the earlier practice session.

“We struggled a bit here earlier today and felt like we made some gains there,” said Busch. “I like the car better, but it still wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.

“We made some changes, (crew chief Steve) Addington and the guys made good calls for qualifying here.”

Busch won the pole for last weekend’s Sprint All Star as well as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event, however his finishes didn’t match his qualifying efforts.

He’s hoping for better luck on Sunday

“I don’t think I’ve ever finished 600 miles on the lead lap,” said Busch. “I might have only finished this race one time and I was three laps down. That was my first try here and hopefully we’ll have better luck this time.”

Kahne, the winner of last Saturday’s Sprint All Star race, will start on the outside row for the third time here, looking for his second Coca-Cola 600 victory.

“That was a good lap, but it wasn’t good enough to stand up to the pole,” said Kahne. “We made some adjustments that went in the right direction for us. I was a little free coming off of Turn 3, but other than that, it was a good clean lap that will allow us to start up front and gain a great pit stall.”

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, Elliott Sadler and Jimmie Johnson rounded out the top ten qualifiers.

Five drivers failed to qualify for the event, including Jeff Green, Stanton Barrett, Jon Wood, Joe Nemechek and Tony Raines.

Results

POS

CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's 185.433 29.121 Leader
2 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser 185.300 29.142 -0.021
3 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 185.249 29.150 -0.029
4 16 Greg Biffle Ford DISH Network / DishDVRs 184.969 29.194 -0.073
5 6 David Ragan Ford AAA Insurance 184.470 29.273 -0.152
6 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy 184.439 29.278 -0.157
7 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army "Salute the Troops" 184.181 29.319 -0.198
8 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 184.106 29.331 -0.210
9 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Best Buy / Garmin 183.974 29.352 -0.231
10 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 183.924 29.360 -0.239
11 22 Dave Blaney Toyota Caterpillar 183.842 29.373 -0.252
12 17 Matt Kenseth Ford R×L Carriers 183.780 29.383 -0.262
13 66 Scott Riggs Chevrolet Haas Automation 183.673 29.400 -0.279
14 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 183.617 29.409 -0.288
15 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 183.580 29.415 -0.294
16 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 183.455 29.435 -0.314
17 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 183.443 29.437 -0.316
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 183.436 29.438 -0.317
19 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 183.430 29.439 -0.318
20 77 Sam Hornish Jr.* Dodge Mobil 1 183.349 29.452 -0.331
21 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's 183.275 29.464 -0.343
22 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Jim Beam 183.212 29.474 -0.353
23 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Trix / Lucky & Friends 183.200 29.476 -0.355
24 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 183.169 29.481 -0.360
25 15 Paul Menard Chevrolet Johns Manville / Menards 183.132 29.487 -0.366
26 40 Sterling Marlin Dodge Wii Fit / Target 183.057 29.499 -0.378
27 84 A.J. Allmendinger Toyota Red Bull 182.852 29.532 -0.411
28 44 David Reutimann Toyota UPS 182.729 29.552 -0.431
29 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS 182.692 29.558 -0.437
30 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 182.168 29.643 -0.522
31 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot 182.113 29.652 -0.531
32 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com 182.020 29.667 -0.546
33 33 Ken Schrader Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 181.984 29.673 -0.552
34 10 Patrick Carpentier* Dodge LifeLock 181.867 29.692 -0.571
35 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV 181.726 29.715 -0.594
36 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Coca-Cola Classic 181.714 29.717 -0.596
37 01 Regan Smith* Chevrolet DEI / Principal Financial Group 181.702 29.719 -0.598
38 12 Ryan Newman Dodge Alltel 181.531 29.747 -0.626
39 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's / USO "Toast to the Troops" 181.482 29.755 -0.634
40 00 Michael McDowell* Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 181.464 29.758 -0.637
41 28 Travis Kvapil× Ford Lumber Liquidators 180.156 29.974 -0.853
42 42 Juan Montoya× Dodge Texaco / Havoline 179.521 30.080 -0.959
43 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 181.446 29.761 -0.640
Did Not Qualify
44 34 Jeff Green Chevrolet Gibson Custom Guitars 181.366 29.774 -0.653
45 150 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet NOS Energy Drink / SKI / SBM 180.108 29.982 -0.861
46 21 Jon Wood Ford U.S. Air Force "Salute the Troops" 180.054 29.991 -0.870
47 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row/ DenverMattress.com 179.635 30.061 -0.940
48 08 Tony Raines Dodge getFUBAR.com 175.673 30.739 -1.618

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