Both drivers say they're trying to put the past in their rear view mirrors, but that's easier said than done.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says other drivers shouldn't be surprised either if the final laps of the Food City 500 turn a bit wild.
Six Chevrolet SS race cars qualify in top 15 starting spots.
Denny Hamlin got around the .533-mile banked oval in 14.761 seconds, 129.991 mph to earn the 18th pole of his career.
In 18 starts in NASCAR's premier series at Bristol, Busch has compiled five wins, eight top fives, 12 top 10s and 1,431 laps led.
Stewart and Co. head to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, a .533-mile, high-banked, concrete bullring where racing has been compared to flying fighter jets in a gymnasium.
Driver believes set-up changes will produce more parity, better show
What can we expect out of Clint Bowyer at Bristol?
Bristol focus: Kahne, Vickers and Montoya
Kurt Busch finished 31st due to a part failure early in the Irwin Tools Night Race.
Denny Hamlin grabbed the Coors Light Pole for NASCAR Sprint Cup's night ace at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kurt Busch knows what he needs to accomplish on Saturday night at Bristol