Vickers Earns Pole at Infineon
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
Let’s see; Wednesday, Thursday, Vickers day.
For the fourth time this season and for the second week in a row, Brian Vickers has earned the pole position for a Sprint Cup race.
This week’s pole came Friday at the road course of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Vickers got the pole by logging a lap at 93.678 mph.
“We had a really good car,” Vickers said. “I just went out there and qualifying has never been my best here. I’ve always tried to attack the curbs and use the curbs and you always make a mistake. You make a mistake at a road course and you leave a lot on the table. The Red Bull Toyota guys did a tremendous job coming here and practicing and we wanted to make no mistakes. I think I left something on the table, but maybe I didn’t. I was just really cautious and hit my marks and not hit the curbs and it paid off.”
Vickers’ speed was just a couple ticks better than Kyle Busch, who will start Sunday’s Toyota/SaveMart 350 race from the second starting position.
Busch won last year’s race at Infineon and swept both Sprint Cup road races in 2008.
“It was a really good run for us,” Busch said. “I wasn’t expecting to run that great. The car drove well, it really accelerated off the turns pretty well and just had a little bit of an issue there getting off of turn eight through turn nine off of turn 10 and getting through 11 the way I needed to. I felt like I lost too much time through there and gave a little bit up and (Brian) Vickers beat us for the pole. It’s still an awesome run for this whole team. All these guys work so hard. We went and tested and shook our car down and feel like we made a lot of gains here and kept those in the car for this year. We’re excited about qualifying second today. It’s pretty cool to be here right now in second.”
Starting third will be Marcos Ambrose.
Points-leader Tony Stewart will start fourth.
“It was a good lap for our Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy but it was the ugliest lap I think I have ever run here at Sonoma,” Stewart said. “It didn’t turn, it didn’t go forward, it didn’t run clean but we ran a good lap, so we’ll take that.”