Busch To Line Up Sixth in Sunday's Carfax 400 at MIS

August 14, 2009

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 14, 2009) - Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch will start sixth in Sunday's CARFAX 400 here at Michigan International Speedway after clocking in with an official lap of 38.677 seconds (186.157 mph) in this afternoon's qualifying session.

"I like our Miller Lite Dodge this weekend," Busch said of his "PRS 605" Penske Racing Dodge Charger. "We have a fast race car. We want to bring home a win for Dodge here in their backyard.

"It was a great team effort here today," said Busch, who was 28th on the practice speed chart, turning in a fast lap of 39.013 seconds (184.5554 mph). "This place is tough to qualify at. You can choose the middle, the low groove sometimes. If we qualify up front, maybe we can hang on, but I definitely like running at this track.

"I'm happy to see that they made (Saturday's) practice later in the day, which will make the conditions really similar to Sunday's race," said Busch, who went out eighth in the qualifying order and picked up more than three-tenths of a second on the stopwatch (1.603 mph) between practice and qualifying.

Up front, it was Brian Vickers winning his sixth Coors Light Pole Award this season. His lap of 38.453 seconds (187.242 mph) relegated Mark Martin (38.500 seconds/187.013 mph) to the outside-front-row starting spot. Juan Pablo Montoya (38.540/186.819) starts third, with Jimmie Johnson (38.622/186.432) fourth and Martin Truex Jr. (38.655/186.263) fifth. Starting behind Busch and rounding out Sunday's top-10 starters are seventh-place Ryan Newman (who was fastest in practice), eighth-place Joey Logano, ninth-place Bill Elliott and 10th-place Kasey Kahne.

Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. (38.798 seconds/184.876 mph) will start 14th on Sunday, while teammate David Stremme (38.907 seconds/185.057 mph) will start 20th.

Saturday's schedule here at M.I.S. calls for practice from 12:30 p.m. till 1:15 p.m. (live on Speed-TV) and from 1:50 p.m. till 2:50 p.m. (live on ESPN2). Sunday's CARFAX 400 (200 laps, 400 miles) on the 2.0-mile track in Michigan's scenic Irish Hills region is scheduled to get the green flag at approximately 2:00 p.m. Race No. 23 of 36 points-paying events on the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule will feature live coverage by ESPN-TV and MRN Radio.