Kurt Busch To Start Fourth in Sunday's Battle at Pocono

August 1, 2009


LONG POND, Pa. (July 31, 2009) - Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch will start fourth in Sunday's 500-mile battle at the picturesque 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway after rain washed out Coors Lite Pole Qualifying for the fifth time this season and the second time this year here on the "Tricky Triangle."

"We probably benefitted from Mother Nature here today," said Busch, currently fourth in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings. "We weren't all that sporty in practice, especially compared to the Hendrick cars. We were supposed to be fifth out in the qualifying order, so with all that in mind, we have to be happy starting fourth here on Sunday.

"Six of the top seven in practice were Hendrick cars, of course throwing the 14 car (Tony Stewart) and the 39 (Ryan Newman) into that group," said Busch, who was 28th on the practice speed chart before the rain came. "The weather is supposed to be really nice here tomorrow, so we'll be able to get in some practice and try to catch up to those guys. The rain worked to give us another good spot on pit road for Sunday, so we have to be really pleased about that.

"Hopefully we can get our Miller Lite Dodge dialed in well enough to hold our own here for 200 laps on Sunday," said Busch. "That's the big goal for this weekend; run competitive and get a good enough finish to help us in our bid to make the Chase again this year."

Here is the starting lineup for Sunday's Pocono race:

1 14 Tony Stewart Old Spice Swagger Chevy 1st in Owners Points

2 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevy 2nd in Owners Points

3 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont Chevy 3rd in Owners Points

4 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 4th in Owners Points

5 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 5th in Owners Points

6 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 6th in Owners Points

7 39 Ryan Newman Haas Automation Chevy 7th in Owners Points

8 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Dodge 8th in Owners Points

9 5 Mark Martin Cheez-It/CARQUEST Chevy 9th in Owners Points

10 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 10th in Owners Points

11 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 11th in Owners Points

12 17 Matt Kenseth DeWalt Ford 12th in Owners Points

13 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 13th in Owners Points

14 18 Kyle Busch M&Ms Toyota 14th in Owners Points

15 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 15th in Owners Points

16 33 Clint Bowyer The Hartford Chevy 16th in Owners Points

17 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 17th in Owners Points

18 47 Marcos Ambrose iRacing.com/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota 18th in Owners Points

19 20 Joey Logano # The Home Depot Toyota 19th in Owners Points

20 26 Jamie McMurray Crown Royal Ford 20th in Owners Points

21 07 Casey Mears Jack Daniel's Chevy 21st in Owners Points

22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP ENERGY / National Guard Chevy 22nd in Owners Points

23 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 23rd in Owners Points

24 1 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy 24th in Owners Points

25 19 Elliott Sadler Stanley Tools Dodge 25th in Owners Points

26 96 Bobby Labonte DLP Ford 26th in Owners Points

27 43 Reed Sorenson Air Force Dodge 27th in Owners Points

28 44 A J Allmendinger Valvoline Dodge 28th in Owners Points

29 77 Sam Hornish Jr. PPG Dodge 29th in Owners Points

30 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 30th in Owners Points

31 55 Michael Waltrip NAPA Toyota 31st in Owners Points

32 12 David Stremme No. 12 Penske Dodge Dodge 32nd in Owners Points

33 98 Paul Menard Moen/Menards Ford 33rd in Owners Points

34 7 Robby Gordon Robby Gordon Motorsports Toyota 34th in Owners Points

35 34 John Andretti Taco Bell Chevy 35th in Owners Points

36 09 Sterling Marlin Miccosukee Indian Gaming & Resort 2009 Owner Win

37 82 Scott Speed # Red Bull Toyota 20 attempts, 36th in owners pts

38 71 David Gilliland TRG Motorsports Chevy 20, 37th

39 87 Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports Toyota 20, 40th

40 66 Dave Blaney PRISM Motorsports Toyota 20, 41st

41 36 Patrick Carpentier Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Toyota 20, 42nd

42 64 Mike Wallace Air Combat USA/Fred's Toyota 13, 50th

43 37 Tony Raines Long John Silver's Dodge 12, 49th

Saturday's schedule at Pocono Raceway calls for practice from 10:00 a.m. till 10:45 a.m. (live on Speed-TV) and from 11:20 a.m. till 12:20 p.m. (live on Speed-TV). Sunday's Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 (200 laps, 500 miles) on the "Tricky Triangle" is scheduled to get the green flag at approximately 2:15 p.m. Race No. 21 of 36 points-paying events on the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule will feature live coverage by ESPN-TV and MRN Radio.