KYLE BUSCH (No. 5 LOWE'S CHEVROLET, Busch Series) won the pole position for today's Nicorette 300 with a lap of 29. 224 seconds (189.707 mph), edging out fellow NEXTEL Cup regular Ryan Newman (29.280 seconds, 189.344 mph). (His thoughts on ...
KYLE BUSCH (No. 5 LOWE'S CHEVROLET, Busch Series) won the pole position for today's Nicorette 300 with a lap of 29. 224 seconds (189.707 mph), edging out fellow NEXTEL Cup regular Ryan Newman (29.280 seconds, 189.344 mph).
(His thoughts on beating Newman, who has won seven NEXTEL Cup poles and one Busch pole at Atlanta) It's definitely awesome to be able to win the pole, especially to beat Ryan Newman, who's always been so good in Atlanta. It was a solid lap, fast, the car stuck and went anywhere I wanted to go; I was able to hold it relatively wide open. Hopefully the car acts the same in the race.
(On whether he was sandbagging in practice, where he posted just the 36th-fastest lap of the day) No, no ... we only practiced 20 laps in the first session and five laps in the second session. We wanted to keep the time off the motor, because we really thought we were that good.
(On running both the Busch and Cup full seasons) We have a pool going on how much time I'm going to spend in the plane this season. I figure it'll probably be at least a month total -- 31 24-hour days. I'm young; it's been good so far. I've got a PSP, that's probably the best thing to keep me busy during all that time flying. That and I'm pretty good at sleeping on the plane.
(Busch then noticed NASCAR legend David Pearson nearby and asked to be introduced. The two had a brief conversation and Pearson wished the young driver luck today.)
BILL LESTER (No. 23 WASTE MANAGEMENT DODGE, NEXTEL Cup Series) spoke to the media this morning after practicing for his first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, tomorrow's Golden Corral 500.
(On how practice went) Practice this morning went extremely well. Now that we know we're racing on Sunday, I'm happy. We made a bunch of adjustments today for race setup. My crew chief offered a lot of input and he listened to what I had to say and I think with what we've got, we've got something to go 500 miles. For me, racing on the big stage is exciting. My goal for tomorrow is to go 500 miles, to add knowledge to my database and earn the respect of my competitors. It's been extremely exhilarating and gratifying to see how many people care about me and support me. I can't believe how many drivers have taken the time to come by and say congratulations and that they're proud of me. My voice mail is full right now and I've been pulled in so many directions that I really haven't had time to take it all in.