for your iPhone
for your iPad
NASCAR

NASCAR Links

Scanner Frequencies

Meet the Staff

2014 Schedule

Sponsor needed, Kurt Busch wins pole position

NASCAR Tming and Scoring
Friday, May 10, 2013

Advertisement

Kurt Busch
As happens so often in NASCAR when a team is in need of a sponsor, Kurt Busch set a new track record at Darlington Raceway during today’s qualifying session for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with a blistering speed of 181.918 m.p.h. in 27.03 seconds in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing/Serta Chevrolet SS. This marked his second pole at Darlington, and credited him as the 26th driver to score multiple poles on the 1.366-mile egg-shaped oval.  He also won the top starting spot in 2001.

This Furniture Row car and these guys just have this confidence this weekend,” said Busch after his pole winning run.  “These guys, added-in with some of my stupidity of holding it wide-open through (Turn) 2, and gave us a pole and a track record. When you set a track record at a track, it’s something that you carry for a little while. So, it’s neat to dance with the Lady in Black today.

Kurt Busch
Busch set a fast speed of 181.918 mph around the historic 1.366-mile track, eclipsing Kasey Kahne's two-year-old record of 181.254. Fresh from an IndyCar test with Andretti Autosport at Indianapolis Motor Speedway a day earlier, Busch will start Saturday night's Bojangles' Southern 500 from the No. 1 starting spot in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet.

Series leader Jimmie Johnson, the defending race winner here, will start second after a 180.874 mph lap in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy. He broke up a potential all-Busch front row after Kyle Busch qualified third at 180.920 mph in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Kahne, Johnson's Hendrick teammate, was fourth-fastest and Martin Truex Jr. completed the top five.

Denny Hamlin, planning to compete in his first full race since suffering a back injury March 24 at Fontana, Calif., qualified sixth. Jeff Gordon, a seven-time Darlington winner scheduled to make his 700th Sprint Cup start Saturday night, was eighth fastest.

Rookie Danica Patrick, who was scheduled to take the track first in the qualifying order, went out mid-pack instead after the Stewart-Haas Racing team was delayed in preparing her No. 10 Chevrolet for the qualifying grid. She'll start 40th in the 43-car field in a back-up car after wrecking her primary car in the day's opening practice.

Results

Pos Driver Car Make Sponsor Speed Time Behind
1 Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing-Serta 181.918 27.032 Leader
2 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe's Emerald Green 180.974 27.173 -0.141
3 Kyle Busch 18 Toyota Doublemint 180.920 27.181 -0.149
4 Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Time Warner Cable 180.741 27.208 -0.176
5 Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 180.284 27.277 -0.245
6 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota Sport Clips 180.158 27.296 -0.264
7 Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota The Home Depot / Husky 180.112 27.303 -0.271
8 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Cromax Pro 180.105 27.304 -0.272
9 Greg Biffle 16 Ford Meguiars 180.000 27.320 -0.288
10 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 179.770 27.355 -0.323
11 Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet TBA 179.684 27.368 -0.336
12 Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target 179.632 27.376 -0.344
13 Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota RK Motors Charlotte 179.599 27.381 -0.349
14 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Zest 179.514 27.394 -0.362
15 Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Pittsburgh Paints 179.468 27.401 -0.369
16 Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard 179.409 27.410 -0.378
17 Carl Edwards 99 Ford Geek Squad 179.004 27.472 -0.440
18 Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 178.822 27.500 -0.468
19 Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 178.815 27.501 -0.469
20 Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 178.750 27.511 -0.479
21 Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Quicken Loans 178.497 27.550 -0.518
22 Mark Martin 55 Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 178.316 27.578 -0.546
23 Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Kingsford Charcoal Grill Out of Mom 178.219 27.593 -0.561
24 Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford Stanley 177.980 27.630 -0.598
25 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet McDonald's 177.974 27.631 -0.599
26 Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 177.961 27.633 -0.601
27 Regan Smith 51 Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 177.948 27.635 -0.603
28 Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 177.730 27.669 -0.637
29 David Gilliland 38 Ford Long John Silver's 177.685 27.676 -0.644
30 Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 177.653 27.681 -0.649
31 David Ragan 34 Ford Peanut Patch Boiled Peanuts 177.646 27.682 -0.650
32 Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet Little JoesAutos.com 177.300 27.736 -0.704
33 David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 177.051 27.775 -0.743
34 Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 176.670 27.835 -0.803
35 Michael McDowell 98 Ford Curb Records 176.657 27.837 -0.805
36 Scott Speed 95 Ford TBA 176.359 27.884 -0.852
37 Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Sany 175.918 27.954 -0.922
38 Mike Bliss 19 Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 175.874 27.961 -0.929
39 David Stremme 30 Toyota Swan Energy 175.748 27.981 -0.949
40 Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 175.541 28.014 -0.982
41 Timmy Hill 32 Ford OXY Water 175.128 28.080 -1.048
42 J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet TBA 175.109 28.083 -1.051
43 Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota RoyalTeakCollection.com 173.675 28.315 -1.283

Feedback can be sent to feedback@autoracing1.com

Go to our forums to discuss this article