Pole sitter Jeff Burton was quickest in final practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday's Brickyard 400. Burton's top lap of 175.200 topped the field by nearly a full mile-per-hour. After 18 laps Burton and the No. 31 Richard Childress ...
Pole sitter Jeff Burton was quickest in final practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for Sunday's Brickyard 400. Burton's top lap of 175.200 topped the field by nearly a full mile-per-hour. After 18 laps Burton and the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet parked it satisfied they were set to make a bid to kiss the bricks on Sunday.
"We got a lot of benefit from going out early," said Burton who went out second and grabbed the pole. "In fact, I think I have gotten more poles this season than I have in my entire career. Overall, our average start has been really good. We'll just keep putting ourselves in position and keep working and hopefully good things will happen."
Matt Kenseth, who qualified 20th, turned second quickest with a lap with a 174.341 mph.
"You've got to be able to turn good and get off the corners really good," said Kenseth of driving at Indy. "They've got long straightaways so everybody thinks about horsepower, but it's really about getting through the corner the fastest and that will help carry you down the straightaway. You need a little bit of everything here. You need a good motor, but you've got to be turning good off the corner to be able to drive under people off the corner to be able to make passes."
Carl Edwards making just his second career start at Indy was third quickest with a lap of 174.250 mph.
"I am really looking forward to all the racing this weekend in Indy," said Edwards. "Our Busch win last Saturday in St. Louis was awesome, and we want to carry that momentum into the weekend. I am running the USAC race on Thursday, the Busch race on Saturday, and then of course, the Cup race on Sunday. It's a weekend full of racing -- just as I like it. Indy is such a great place to race; it has long straight-a-ways and the corners are really fast. And this weekend Office Depot gave us a really awesome paint scheme. It's their 'Back to School' paint scheme, and for me, nothing would be better than to drive it into Victory Lane on Sunday afternoon."
Clint Bowyer and Ken Schrader complete the top five.
Kurt Busch who qualified third crashed his primary car during the first practice session on Saturday; he will have to start from the rear of the field in his back-up car.
"We were on a seven lap run with scuffed tires and just blew a left-front tire," explained Busch. "The team has already pulled out the back up car and gone to work. It's not our best foot forward because that was a great car, almost a pole-sitting car. We'll have a good back up and give it our best effort."
He was 19th in final practice.