Busch on pole for Homestead season finale

HOMESTEAD, FL - Kurt Busch lands the final pole of the season on the 1.5 mile track in Homestead. It is his second career pole and first of the 2002 season. Busch beat out Earnhardt, Jr. for the start turning a lap in his Roush Racing Ford with a...

HOMESTEAD, FL - Kurt Busch lands the final pole of the season on the 1.5 mile track in Homestead. It is his second career pole and first of the 2002 season. Busch beat out Earnhardt, Jr. for the start turning a lap in his Roush Racing Ford with a fast lap at 154.365 mph. Earnhardt's lap was good enough for 153.881 mph.

"Man, Tony (Eury, crew chief) Sr. and all the guys did a great job here in practice and that's why the car runs so good," Earnhardt Jr. said. "It's the same car we ran last week in Phoenix. We felt so good about it last week that, hopefully, it will turn out well and we'll get us a win. The set ups are real similar and the car drives so well. I got a little loose in Turns 3 and 4 and that might have cost me a little bit."

Jimmy Spencer, driver of the Ganassi #41 Dodge, garners his best start of the year in third. This will be Spencer's final race for Chip Ganassi. Lining up beside Spencer in fourth is Joe Nemechek. Earlier this week Nemechek and Rick Hendrick announced that he would remain in the #25 Chevy for 2003.

Newly crowned Busch Series champion, Greg Biffle lines up fifth. Biffle is filling in once again for the Petty organization by driving the #44 Dodge.

Championship hopeful Tony Stewart will start 6th. Mark Martin, who trails Stewart by 89 points, is mired back in the pack in 34th.

Rounding out the top ten are Jeff Burton, Kenny Wallace, Ricky Rudd and Bill Elliott. Elliott is the defending winner of this race.

Notably, for the first time in his career, four time Winston Cup champion Jeff Gordon will have to take a provisional to make the field, in the 37th position.

Eight drivers failed to qualify for the season's final event; including brothers Geoffrey and Brett Bodine.

Gordon uses first provisional at Homestead

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Jimmy Spencer , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Chip Ganassi , Mark Martin