BUSCH: Kyle Busch earns pole at Texas

BUSCH: Kyle Busch earns pole at Texas

Kyle Busch earned his second Bud pole of the season in the Busch Series today at Texas Motor Speedway. The young racer will start the O'Reilly 300 on Saturday piloting the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. "If they had banking off the...

Kyle Busch earned his second Bud pole of the season in the Busch Series today at Texas Motor Speedway. The young racer will start the O'Reilly 300 on Saturday piloting the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.

"If they had banking off the corners here, we'd be hauling the mail," said Busch on his run.

Kyle Busch.
Photo by Thomas Chemris.
He also went on to credit a test at Texas two weeks ago, and crew chief Lance McGrew with giving him the information he needed to put the No. 5 on the pole.

Last week's pole sitter Greg Biffle recorded the second fastest speed, turning a lap of 189.827 mph in his No. 60 Roush Racing Ford.

"That was a really good lap for us," Biffle said. "The guys have done a great job this week and I look forward to the race."

David Green will take the green flag from third; posting a lap of 189.733 mph, starting outside of Green will be Joe Nemechek who ran a lap of 189.477 mph.

"I am just tickled," said Green. "This is a difficult track to pass on, and starting up front is going to be good for all of us."

Martin Truex, Jr., who scored a break-out win at Bristol last weekend, completes the top five starters. Truex' strong runs have buoyed the Dale Earnhardt, Jr. owned race team, and positioned them as one of the top title contenders.

"I can't wait for the rest of the year. I think we can win the championship. These guys are that good and these cars are that good every week."

Bobby Labonte and nephew Justin, who are each, running the O'Reilly 300 this weekend, qualified ninth and 37th respectively. The elder Labonte is making his first appearance in the Busch ranks since 1991. The younger Labonte, who is the son of two-time Cup series champion Terry Labonte, makes his series debut.

"Texas is the only planned race for me to be in that car this year," said Labonte of his one time ride for Richard Childress Racing in Busch on Saturday. "That makes is unique because it's a one-time deal for me (along with) having Justin running his car at the same time. I told Terry he should get a car and run with us. But it didn't quite pan out. But I'm excited.

"I've never raced against Justin before but I've seen him race and I've been to tests with him and things like that. I'm always looking at his career and trying to help him out as much as I can without really getting in the way, so this is a great opportunity."

Championship point leader Kevin Harvick will not run the No. 21 RCR Chevy this weekend, and will most likely slide from the lead. Harvick protege Clint Bowyer, making his Busch series debut in the No. 21 qualified sixth.

"I'm really excited this week has finally arrived," said Bowyer. "I've been going to the track every week watching and learning. Our test went well, and I'm really excited."

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