Kurt Busch poised for season-sweep

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Kurt Busch won the pole Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, putting him in perfect position for a season-sweep at his favorite race track.

Kurt Busch poised for season-sweep

Bristol, Tennessee:

Kurt Busch won the pole Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, putting him in perfect position for a season-sweep at his favorite race track. Busch ran a qualifying lap at 124.906 mph (201.906 kph) to put his No. 2 Dodge out front for Saturday night's race. He beat Jeff Burton, who turned a lap at 124.808 (200.859 kph) to qualify second. "It was on the edge, and it was fast," Busch said. "We've had a lot of good finishes here, but this is the best start we've ever had." Busch has won five of the past nine races in Bristol, including the March event when he bumped former teammate Matt Kenseth out of his way to score the win. But he's never started on the pole before - his previous best starting position was fifth in his 2003 victory when he drove for Roush Racing. "I guess I'm teamed up with a group that can qualify now,'' said Busch, who has three poles in his first season driving for Penske Racing South. "We've had some great runs this year and one of the best average starting positions at all the tracks so far". Bobby Labonte Bobby Labonte qualified third and was followed by Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart and rookie Denny Hamlin. Kevin Harvick, Kyle Petty, Elliott Sadler and rookie Reed Sorenson rounded out the top 10. Chase for the championship contender Jeff Gordon was 13th, ahead of Mark Martin (15th), points leader Jimmie Johnson (18th) and Kyle Busch (19th). Kasey Kahne, who is 11th right now and battling to crack the top 10 in the final three races before the Chase begins, will start 31st. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is clinging to the 10th spot, struggled all day Friday and qualified 40th. "We can still get a good car for the race tomorrow night," he said. "But we have some work to do. We don't have a good enough car to get to the front. It isn't showing any signs of having a car that will run in the top 10. Six drivers failed to make the race: Chad Chaffin, Hermie Sadler, Mike Wallace, Mike Skinner, Morgan Shepherd and Stanton Barrett. (AP)

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