BUSCH: Bliss on Atlanta pole

Mike Bliss earned his third career Busch series pole, nailing the top spot with a lap of 188.867 mph. Bliss has picked up a lot of momentum since being informed that he will most likely not be returning to the Gibbs team next season. "I'd be a...

Mike Bliss earned his third career Busch series pole, nailing the top spot with a lap of 188.867 mph. Bliss has picked up a lot of momentum since being informed that he will most likely not be returning to the Gibbs team next season.

"I'd be a fool in some aspects to go and not give up on this. It breaks my heart that there is a chance that I would not be back."

He won his first career race two weeks ago in Charlotte, and now lands his third pole of the 2004 season.

"It's been hazy and cloudy all day, so there is no sun on the race track. The sun is not greasing up the race track so there is a lot of grip out there. I think it will be great tonight for Cup qualifying."

Point leader Martin Truex, Jr. qualified second. Currently, Truex has the championship all but wrapped up with a 208 point lead over Kyle Busch.

"I held it wide open and thought I was going to get the pole," said Truex who posted a lap of 188.642 mph. "Congratulations to Mike Bliss that was a great lap. We unloaded and were great right off the truck; we are looking forward to happy hour and the race tomorrow."

Kevin Harvick will make his 10th top-five start of the year rolling off third.

"We've always qualified really well here at Atlanta," said Harvick. "Obviously, we won our first Cup race here. We just want to run good and bring it to Victory Lane."

Kyle Busch will take the green flag from the fourth spot.

"I knew you were going to have to hold it wide open to get around here," said Busch who qualified fourth."

Casey Mears completes the top five.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Casey Mears , Mike Bliss , Martin Truex Jr. , Kyle Busch