Kurt Busch Starting 13th in Sunday's Pure Michigan 400

August 19, 2011

BROOKLYN, Mich. (Aug. 19, 2011) – Shell-Pennzoil Dodge driver Kurt Busch will start Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400 here at Michigan International Speedway from the 13th spot after turning in a lap of  38.257 seconds (188.201 mph) here in Friday afternoon’s qualifying session.

 “It was just pushing too much out there on each end,” Busch said of his lap against the clock.  “We just didn’t loosen it up enough, I guess.  It’s not what we wanted, that’s for sure.  The great thing is that we will have almost two hours of practice here tomorrow to get her dialed in for Sunday.”

 Greg Biffle claimed the Coors Light Pole Award here this afternoon with his fast lap of 37.826 seconds (190.345 mph).  Matt Kenseth earned the outside pole with a lap of 37.853.  Ryan Newman was third with a lap of 37.980.  Denny Hamlin and Mark Martin rounded out the top-five qualifiers.

 Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski will start the Miller Lite Dodge from the sixth position after clocking in with a lap of 38.094 seconds (189.006 mph).  David Ragan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Jamie McMurray rounded out today’s top-10 qualifiers.

 Saturday’s schedule here at MIS calls for the final practice from 10:10 a.m. till 12:00 noon.  Sunday’s Pure Michigan 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 1:00 p.m.  Race No. 23 of 36 points-paying events on the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule will feature live coverage by ESPN-TV and MRN Radio.