Charlotte: Kurt Busch qualifying report

Kurt Busch To Start 17th in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 CONCORD, N.C. - Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch will start his "Hot Rod" from the 17th starting spot in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. His Penske Racing No. 2 Dodge,...

Kurt Busch To Start 17th in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600

CONCORD, N.C. - Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch will start his "Hot Rod" from the 17th starting spot in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. His Penske Racing No. 2 Dodge, sporting a special Miller Lite "Taste Protector" color scheme for the second consecutive weekend here at LMS, earned the spot on the starting grid with a lap of 186.599 mph (28.939 seconds).

"Not a bad lap for our Miller Lite Dodge," said Busch, who was only 36th-fastest in the practice session this afternoon. "We're a little confused about the data we got back from our practice run, so we're going to start over on Saturday and see if we can find a combination that we like. We certainly would have liked to qualify higher to gain a better pit stall, but just missed it a bit. (The car) isn't comfortable to drive right now, so we have to start over and try to get our Miller Lite Dodge better for race day. We've got some work to do, that's for sure."

Busch and his Pat Tryson-led team were left scratching their heads at the end of the day here on Friday. The Miller Lite Dodge they have here this weekend is their "PRS-594" car, the chassis the team used to post a dominant win earlier in the year at Atlanta. Busch named the winning ride "Hot Rod," and with an impressive 3.0 average start and finish in its two races, "Hot Rod" was put back in "cold storage" in anticipation of this weekend's prestigious 600-mile battle.

"We've been scrambling here today," said crew chief Tryson, whose team finished third in last weekend's All-Star race here at LMS and stands third in the current NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings. "But we're confident that we'll be able to thrash and come up with what we need. "We have all day off tomorrow to work on our race setup. When we get back here on Saturday for the two practices, we'll have a plan of attack going to deduce what we'll need for Sunday's race. We'll be in good shape come race time, we're confident of that."

Penske Racing teammates Sam Hornish Jr. (29.037/185.970) and David Stremme (29.174/185.096) qualified 26th and 35th, respectively, here today.

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , David Stremme , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske