NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Qualifying Notes Bud Pole Winner: Kurt Busch @Ford 400 -- Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, FL @Nov. 12, 2004 * Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Ford 400, lapping Homestead-Miami Speedway in 30.114...
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Qualifying Notes
Bud Pole Winner: Kurt Busch @Ford 400 -- Homestead-Miami Speedway -- Homestead, FL @Nov. 12, 2004
* Kurt Busch won the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Ford 400, lapping Homestead-Miami Speedway in 30.114 seconds at 179.319 mph. Jamie McMurray holds the track-qualifying record of 29.816 seconds, 181.111 mph, set in 2003 -- the first year on the high-banked configuration.
* This is Busch's third career Bud Pole in 150 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. His most recent Bud Pole came here at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2002, 72 races ago.
* It is Busch's 14th top-10 start in 2004. It is also his second Bud Pole and his fourth top-10 start in five races at Miami.
* Busch became the 12th different Bud Pole winner in 2004. Ryan Newman (nine), Jeff Gordon (six), Kasey Kahne (four), Casey Mears (two), Brian Vickers (two), Jeremy Mayfield (two) and Joe Nemechek (two) are the drivers with more than one Bud Pole this season.
* Greg Biffle had the second-fastest time with a qualifying lap of 30.116 seconds at 179.307 mph and will join Busch on the all-Roush Racing front row. It is his 17th top-10 start 2004 and his second in his three races at Miami.
* This is the third Bud Pole for Ford in 2004. Dodge has 17 Bud Poles and Chevrolet has 12. Qualifying was canceled at Watkins Glen, second Michigan, second New Hampshire and Phoenix due to weather.
* Ryan Newman (third) posted his 26th top-10 start in 2004, more than any other driver. Newman, who had won the previous four Bud Poles, fell just short of tying the modern-era record for consecutive Bud Poles, though his would not have been in consecutive races. Qualifying was canceled at Phoenix last week. Bobby Allison (1972) and Cale Yarborough (1980) have the record of five consecutive Bud Poles while Bill Elliott (1985) also had five straight with one session rained-out during the streak.
* Kasey Kahne (fourth) posted his 15th top-10 start in 2004 in his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Miami. Kahne posted his career-first NASCAR Busch Series victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2003.
* Jeff Gordon (fifth) posted his 22nd top-10 start in 2004 and his third in six races at Miami.
* Four of the 10 drivers involved in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualified in the top-10 for the season finale: Busch, Newman, Gordon and Tony Stewart (eighth).
* Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Burton, Casey Mears, Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader used provisionals to complete the 43-car field. Thirteen drivers failed to qualify for the Ford 400: Kyle Petty, Johnny Sauter, Mike Garvey, Tony Raines, Kevin Lepage, Todd Bodine, J.J. Yeley, Larry Foyt, Randy LaJoie, Morgan Shepherd , Kirk Shelmerdine, Carl Long and Geoffrey Bodine.
* The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader Bonus will be worth $70,000 to the winner of the Ford 400 should he also be the series point leader following the race. If not won in this race, the remaining total will be incrementally divided among the top-10 drivers in the final NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings.