Kurt Busch Starting Fourth In Sunday's Brickyard 400

July 30, 2011

-Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Driver Going After First Indianapolis NASCAR Win For Penske Racing-

INDIANAPOLIS (July 30, 2011) – Kurt Busch will start his No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge from the fourth position in Sunday’s prestigious Brickyard 400 here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after turning in a qualifying lap of 49.269 seconds (182.671 mph) in this afternoon’s qualifying session.

"It was a solid run for our Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Charger,” said Busch, who was third-fastest in the final practice leading up to qualifying.  “We were hoping for just a little bit more.  I was just hanging on to it; it was on the loose side a bit.  We were loose in practice and we kind of kept it on that side of things.  I may have over-driven Turn 2 a bit.  I was hoping that I could drive through the looseness in qualifying, but we just came up a bit shy.

“The track changes so much from the morning practice to like it is right now and when we'll be running late in tomorrow's race,” Busch added.  “I think that we have a fast Shell/Pennzoil Dodge.  Track position is really a key here and to get a top-five starting position really helps us tomorrow.  You have to be in the mix the last 40 laps to win this thing.  If we can stay clean the whole race, have good pit stops and make the right adjustments as the track changes, maybe we'll give the Captain (team owner Roger Penske) his first Cup win at Indy."

David Ragan claimed the Coors Light Pole Award for tomorrow’s battle with a fast lap of 49.182 seconds (182.994 mph).  Kasey Kahne starts on the outside of the front row after turning in a lap of 49.200 seconds (182.927 mph).  Jimmie Johnson will start beside Busch on the inside of the second row after running a lap of 49.234 seconds (182.800 mph).  Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski rounded out today’s top-five qualifiers, as he was clocked at 49.300 seconds (182.556 mph) in his Miller Lite Dodge.

A.J. Allmendinger, Juan Pablo Montoya, Jeff Gordon, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards complete Sunday’s top-10 starters.

Sunday’s Brickyard 400 (400 miles, 160 laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway) is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. EDT start, with ESPN and IMS Radio Network beginning their coverage of the event an hour earlier.