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Kurt Busch Races To Cup Pole At Pocono

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Kurt Busch will lead the field to green at Pocono on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

Kurt Busch will lead the field to green at Pocono on Sunday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)


Kurt Busch won the pole for this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway on Friday afternoon.

“Wow, what a day, today,” Busch the Stewart-Haas Racing driver said. “I feel sprint-logo-08like there are six corners out there as hard as I was working; corner entry, corner exit. The car was just off-balance, especially with the new bumps in Turn 2. And then we got way loose. I think we were 30th in practice. And we had to drop back and punt.

“We’re on the pole. We’ll take it. We worked hard for it today. I’m very surprised and happy about the teamwork.”

Starting on the front row with Busch will be Carl Edwards of Joe Gibbs Racing.

“It’s nice to have three shots at it – this place has always been tough for me the first time out,” Edwards said. “We get to run the first run, work on it a little bit, second run and work on it and for me, that was the best run that we had all day.

“I was real proud of my guys and everybody worked together really well. My plan with Denny (Hamlin) almost worked out perfectly, but he didn’t spin early enough to keep Kurt (Busch) from getting me. It was good – the car is fast. This is fun. Hopefully, we can get a good pit stall, good starting spot and hold off these guys on the restarts.”

Qualifying third was Martin Truex Jr. of Furniture Row Racing.

“It was a good day for us,” he said. “Honestly just right off the trailer we have had a good car all day long.  Hats off to the guys again for bringing a great racecar.  Really just tweaked on it little things here and there throughout practice and then again throughout the qualifying session made good gains each and every run. We thought our third run was a pretty good lap. Obviously really close to the first two guys, but missed it just a little bit. I’m starting to get this qualifying thing figured out and that is something that is definitely going to help us race better and get better pit stalls.  I’m looking forward to Sunday.”

(This story will be updated shortly)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Axalta ‘We Paint Winners’ 400

Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Friday, June 05, 2015


  1. (41)  Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 177.599 mph.
  2. (19)  Carl Edwards, Toyota, 177.550 mph.
  3. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 177.522 mph.
  4. (24)  Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 177.211 mph.
  5. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 177.200 mph.
  6. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 176.526 mph.
  7. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 175.967 mph.
  8. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 177.676 mph.
  9. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 177.385 mph.
  10. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 177.193 mph.
  11. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 176.800 mph.
  12. (5)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 176.070 mph.
  13. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 176.036 mph.
  14. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 176.005 mph.
  15. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 175.943 mph.
  16. (27)  Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 175.895 mph.
  17. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 175.699 mph.
  18. (13)  Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 175.671 mph.
  19. (20)  Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 175.531 mph.
  20. (88)  Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 175.466 mph.
  21. (55)  David Ragan, Toyota, 175.418 mph.
  22. (10)  Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 174.832 mph.
  23. (15)  Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 174.236 mph.
  24. (9)  Sam Hornish Jr., Ford, 173.819 mph.
  25. (43)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 174.791 mph.
  26. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 174.771 mph.
  27. (16)  Greg Biffle, Ford, 174.683 mph.
  28. (14)  Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 174.652 mph.
  29. (33)  Ty Dillon(i), Chevrolet, 174.317 mph.
  30. (51)  Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 174.031 mph.
  31. (46)  Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 173.873 mph.
  32. (40)  Landon Cassill(i), Chevrolet, 173.772 mph.
  33. (6)  Trevor Bayne, Ford, 173.695 mph.
  34. (7)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 173.410 mph.
  35. (38)  David Gilliland, Ford, 172.467 mph.
  36. (34)  Brett Moffitt #, Ford, 172.437 mph.
  37. (23)  JJ Yeley(i), Toyota, Owner Points
  38. (98)  Josh Wise, Ford, Owner Points
  39. (35)  Cole Whitt, Ford, Owner Points
  40. (26)  Jeb Burton #, Toyota, Owner Points
  41. (83)  Matt DiBenedetto #, Toyota, Owner Points
  42. (32)  Travis Kvapil(i), Ford, Owner Points
  43. (62)  Brendan Gaughan(i), Chevrolet, Owner Points


| , RacinToday.com Friday, June 5 2015
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