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Kurt Busch On The Pole At Kansas Speedway

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, June 4 2011

Kurt Busch captured the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway on Saturday afternoon. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Christa L Thomas)

Kansas City, Kan. – Kurt Busch, coming off his best finish of the season, won his first pole of the season on Saturday. The pole is for Sunday’s STP 400 Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway.

Busch’s pole-winning speed at the 1.5-mile tri-ovaal was 174.752 mph. It comes six days after he finished fourth in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in his Penske Racing Dodge.

A victory Sunday would be his first at Kansas.

“This has always been a tough mile-and-a-half track for me,” Busch, who has an average finish of 19th at Kansas, said. “It’s flat, but the track still has a lot of speed in it if you hit it right. We just didn’t hit it right yesterday in practice. We feel like we’ve got some speed in the AAA Dodge.

“Tomorrow is going to ber a hot, blistering day. This place is really fast if you hit your setup just right. Otherwise, you’re sliding around.”

Second fastest Saturday was Juan Pablo Montoya of Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. His fast lap was at 174.154 mph. The start will the best of Montoya’s season as well.

Third was another Busch as Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing turned a lap at 174.081 mph.

Brian Vickers was fourth for Red Bull Racing while Joey Logano was fifth for JGR.

Missouri-native Jamie McMurray in an Earnahrdt Ganassi Chevrolet was sixth while fellow Missourian Carl Edwards in a Roush Fenway Racing Ford was seventh.

Rounding out the top 10 were points-leader Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard and Kevin Harvick, who is coming off the victory at Charlotte.

(This story will be updated shortly)

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, June 4 2011
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