Busch To Start Fourth in Saturday's Coke Zero 400

July 4, 2009

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 3, 2009) - Kurt Busch will start his Miller Lite Dodge from the fourth starting spot in Saturday night's Coke Zero 400 after qualifying got rained out for the second consecutive weekend on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tour.

"I told the guys that I thought we were really sporty at the end of practice last night," said Busch, still looking for his first restrictor-plate race win during his illustrious career. "Of course, that was in race trim and really had nothing to do with today's qualifying.

"So we're looking at it as a big bonus - getting to start fourth and having a great pit selection," the 2004 series champ said. "Where would we have started if we'd gotten qualifying in? Man, I don't know, but I can just about guarantee you that it'd been nowhere near fourth. It's the same story here in that we usually start in the back and finish in the front. But this time around, the weather helped us and we get to start up front. Now, the big goal is to try to stay there all race long.

"Like I said, we have a pretty sporty Miller Lite Dodge and I really like our chances here tomorrow (Saturday) night," Busch said.

With the field set by the NASCAR rule book, #14-Tony Stewart starts first, followed by #24-Jeff Gordon, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #2-Kurt Busch, #99-Carl Edwards, #39-Ryan Newman, #11-Denny Hamlin, #16-Greg Biffle, #18-Kyle Busch and #17-Matt Kenseth rounding out the top-10 starters.

Busch's Penske Racing teammates Sam Hornish Jr. and David Stremme will start 25th and 32nd, respectively, in Saturday's 400-mile battle.

Saturday's Coke Zero 400 (160 Laps, 400 Miles) is scheduled to get the green flag at approximately 8:00 p.m. EDT. Race No. 18 of 36 points-paying events on the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule will feature live coverage by TNT-TV and MRN Radio.