Twice As Nice: Kyle Busch Wins Pole Award for Crown Royal Presents The Heath Calhoun 400
Kyle Busch turned a blistering lap of 21.247 seconds (127.077mph) to win the pole for Saturday's race.
Kyle Busch continued his dominance at Richmond International Raceway Friday evening, piloting his #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry to the Coors Light Pole Award during Wawa Pole Qualifying for Saturday’s Crown Royal Presents The Heath Calhoun 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Busch, who also won the pole position for tonight’s NASCAR Nationwide Series BUBBA burger 250, posted a lap of 21.247seconds (127.077mph) to earn his starting position on the front row tomorrow night.
“It’s nice to sit on the pole once in a while,” Busch said. “I only get to do it about once a year. I was a little surprised. We had a great car in practice, and I’m happy to put the car on pole. I think we’ve got a good car for the race. There are some good cars behind us. This is one of my best and one of my favorite tracks, and I’m happy to put it on pole.”
David Reutimann, who was second fastest in Happy Hour earlier in the day, drove his #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota to the outside front row starting position, despite having to run the third qualifying lap of the session in hotter conditions. Coincidentally, Reutimann also finished second to Busch in the final practice.
“The lap was pretty good,” said Reutimann. “I over-drove it in Turn 3 on that lap. We struggled in our first practice, but in the end we had a good effort.”
Jimmie Johnson (#48 Lowe’s / KOBALT Tools Chevrolet) edged Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon (#24 DuPont Chevrolet) and will start from the second row of the grid in third.
“We suffered a bit in practice,” said Johnson “We lost our way in practice. I’m pleased with the starting position because we’ll have a good pit position. It’s going to be tough to pass; I don’t know how we’re going to be able to complete a pass. Track position is going to be very important.”
Gordon will start fourth next to his teammate, one week after the much publicized on-track incident between the two at Talladega.
“We know they’re [Johnson] going to be tough in the race,” Gordon said. “Hopefully, we’ll be battling for the win. We were fifth in practice. Now, we’re sitting fourth. We’ve been strong and our race runs in practice were great. We just want to finish these races as well as we’ve been running.”
Ryan Newman (#39 Army Medicine Chevrolet) rounded out the top five.
Busch will look to defend his race title tomorrow night “under the lights” in the Crown Royal Presents The Heath Calhoun 400. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling 866-455-RACE (7223) or clicking here.
Wawa Pole Qualifying Notes:
This is Kyle Busch's sixth pole in 196 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. This is his first pole and eighth top-10 start in 2010. This is his first pole in 11 races at Richmond International Raceway.
David Reutimann (second) posted his third top-10 start of 2010 and his second in seven races at Richmond International Raceway.
Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 10th top-10 start at Richmond International Raceway. It is his seventh in ten races this season.
Terry Cook (41st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.