Kurt Busch Qualifies 2nd in Michigan
August 16, 2013
As a result of recording his fastest career average lap speed in a stock car, Kurt Busch will start Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup Series race from the outside pole.
Busch's No. 78 Furniture Row/Serta Chevrolet SS covered Michigan International Speedway's 2-mile oval in 35.347 seconds at 203.695 miles per hour. He was a few ticks shy of Joey Logano's pole winning numbers of 35.303 at 203.949.
The only other time Busch posted a faster speed in a race car was when he ripped off a lap of 218 mph while driving an Andretti Autosport Indy car during a test session in May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Busch has now qualified on the front row six times this season -- he won the pole at the May race in Darlington, S.C. and has claimed five outside poles.
"It was really a good lap for us and the way we picked up speed from practice," said Busch, who was 11th fastest in the earlier practice session. "These Generation 6 cars are incredible. Each team has its own way of how to find speed and my Furniture Row guys have found speed week in and week out. We need a nice smooth run on Sunday and cash in on points at the end. The most important thing we have to work on is racing in traffic."
Qualifying positions 3-10 went to: Jimmie Johnson, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch.
Sunday's race will be broadcast on ESPN, beginning with a 60-minute prerace show at 10 a.m. MT (noon ET).