Busch To Line Up 16th for Sunday's Race at Dover

September 26, 2009


DOVER, Del. (Sept. 25, 2009) - Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch will start 16th in Sunday's AAA 400 here at Dover International Speedway after turning in a qualifying lap of 23.240 seconds (154.905 mph) in Friday's timed runs against the clock.

"We made some changes between practice and qualifying and it just wasn't the way to go," said Busch, who was the 22nd of 44 drivers to make their qualifying attempt here this afternoon. "We were a little too loose at the beginning of practice and got her snugged up and pretty decent. We'd run a 23 flat (23.007-second lap) and were looking to pick up some more speed with our qualifying run, but that just wasn't the case."

Jimmie Johnson, who was fastest in the practice leading up to the time trial session (with a lap of 22.781 seconds/158.026 mph), claimed the Coors Light Pole Position here this afternoon with a fast lap of 22.878 seconds (157.356 mph). Johnson, out 28th in the order, knocked Juan Pablo Montoya (out first) off the pole. Montoya's lap of 22.974 seconds (156.699 mph) claimed the outside pole.

Ryan Newman (23.019 seconds/156.393 mph) grabbed the third spot, with Greg Biffle (23.035/156.284) fourth and David Reutimann (23.080/155.979) fifth. Kasey Kahne will start sixth, with Jeff Gordon seventh, Clint Bowyer eighth, Sam Hornish Jr. (23.152 sec./155.494 mph) ninth and Paul Menard 10th.

Joey Logano, Brian Vickers, Denny Hamlin, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, David Stremme (23.251 seconds/154.629 mph), David Gilliland, A. J. Allmendinger and Kevin Harvick rounded out Friday's top-20 qualifiers.

The other Chase drivers both qualified in the top-30, with Tony Stewart 22nd and Carl Edwards 30th.

"We have two practices here tomorrow and the goal is to use them the best we can to get race-ready," said crew chief Pat Tryson. "We started 19th here in the spring race and were able to work our way on up there toward the front. We're confident that'll be the same situation when the green flag drops on Sunday."

Saturday's action on the "Monster Mile" includes practice sessions from 12:30 p.m. till 1:15 p.m. and from 1:50 p.m. till 2:50 p.m. Sunday's "AAA 400" (400 Laps/400 Miles) here at Dover International Speedway has a 2:00 p.m. EDT starting time. Live coverage of the race will be provided by ABC-TV and MRN Radio.