CONCORD, NC - Kevin Harvick, mastering the No. 21 RCR Chevy, not only scored his second Busch pole of the season, but he also broke the series track record. Harvick's lap of 184.543 mph easily vanquished the old record set by teammate Ron Hornaday...
CONCORD, NC - Kevin Harvick, mastering the No. 21 RCR Chevy, not only scored his second Busch pole of the season, but he also broke the series track record. Harvick's lap of 184.543 mph easily vanquished the old record set by teammate Ron Hornaday last year with a lap of 182.094 mph.
"That was quite a lap there in the Busch car," Harvick said. "It would be nice if my Winston Cup car ran that fast."
"The sun popped out there in Winston Cup qualifying, but the clouds came back over during Busch qualifying and made for some faster speeds."
Harvick's Busch lap was faster than his Cup qualifying effort. Harvick qualified 20th for Sunday's Winston Cup festivities.
Tony Raines will make his best ever Busch start Saturday in second followed by Scott Riggs in third.
Riggs has recently learned that his primary sponsor Nesquik will not be returning to the No. 10 ppc Ford next season. Nesquik has been with the team since 2000.
"Nesquik and all of the people at Nestle are going to pull out from motorsports once again," said Riggs. "It was not because they wanted to. It was because some things changed around in the upstairs office and they are not going to be with us next year.
"We feel strongly about finishing out this year as good as we can. Right now we're talking to a lot of other sponsors. Greg Pollex, who is the owner of this team, is talking to a lot of people trying to secure something next year and for the next few years. There are a lot of things on the table, but right now we're wearing the yellow and blue colors and we're trying to finish out as strong as we can."
Michael Waltrip takes the green flag in fourth. Kurt Busch's younger brother Kyle will make his mark fifth. Busch is racing a Joe Nemechek owned Chevy in Saturday's event.
"I think we'll be alright with the experience Hendrick Motorsports has around this place. The car was handling pretty decent in practice I think we will be okay," commented Busch.
Busch already has some practice getting around Lowe's Motor Speedway. On Friday, Busch ran in the ARCA/ReMax event scoring an 11th place even after taking a wild spin in the grass late in the event.