BUSCH: Stewart sets record on way to pole

Tony Stewart likes life at number one. He landed the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Racing Chevy on the Busch pole for the Stater Bros. 300 at California Speedway. Stewart grabbed the track record with his lap of 185.941 mph. "We're really excited about...

Tony Stewart likes life at number one. He landed the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Racing Chevy on the Busch pole for the Stater Bros. 300 at California Speedway. Stewart grabbed the track record with his lap of 185.941 mph.

"We're really excited about this Old Spice Chevrolet," said Stewart. "It was really good yesterday in long runs. We felt that it really didn't have a lot of speed up front but that it was really good in the middle and in the end of a run."

Stewart is coming off his career first Busch series win last weekend at Daytona. This is his third career series pole.

"With the speed we showed in qualifying," said Stewart. "Hopefully, we're going to be fast all the way through the run. So, we're pretty excited about this car."

JJ Yeley posted the second quickest time with a lap of 185.715 mph.

"Our car was pretty good," said Yeley. "We were a little conservative yesterday in practice. I think Reed (Sorenson) and the Cup guys are going to be tough to beat.

"It's going to be a really fast race."

Mark Martin, Reed Sorenson and Shane Hmiel complete the top five fastest times.

"It was a pretty quick lap for us," said Sorenson. "That was about what I expected. We just wanted to qualify top five."

NASCAR is trying their hat at an amended weekend schedule at California. With Busch cars qualifying and racing on the same day in an effort to keep down skyrocketing team costs.

The Busch series takes the green flag at 3:00 PM Pacific time Saturday.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Shane Hmiel , Reed Sorenson , Mark Martin