Kurt Busch on pole at Bristol

There may be more snow angels in Kurt Busch's future. Busch knocked out the fastest time at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday with a 124.906 mph lap. Busch won the snow-marred event at BMS in the spring, where he greeted fans with his new race ...

There may be more snow angels in Kurt Busch's future.

Busch knocked out the fastest time at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday with a 124.906 mph lap. Busch won the snow-marred event at BMS in the spring, where he greeted fans with his new race winning shtick; laying down on the pavement and mimicking making snow angels.

It is Busch's fourth pole of the season and sixth of his career.

"That was cool," said Busch. "It was fun we were smiling. We watched Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton almost come close. They were right there.I knew I left a little out on the table in turn three, just because the track was so hot today. I am real proud of my team.that the Miller Lite Dodge was fast enough to be on the pole today."

Busch has five wins at NASCAR's fastest short track, but this is his first pole at BMS.

Jeff Burton charted the second quickest time with a lap of 124.808 mph, "It was a pretty good lap but we were just a little too tight. We went really fast in one and two but were too tight in three and four. It is my fault, in practice we just got a little too lose. I really thought the track would free up, I didn't think it would tighten up here based on the weather. But it did tighten up, but we really lost a lot of speed in three and four. But good run for us and hopefully we can take advantage of it."

Bobby Labonte will take the green flag from the third spot with a time of 124.299 mph.

"We made some adjustments and ended up 12th fastest in practice," Labonte said. "The track looked like it was a little bit slippery, so we made a little change in air pressure. The lap was a little bit free entry, but it really dug up off the corner and that's what got us the half tenth we ran earlier in practice. I'm really proud about that. The guys worked hard this week We had a fast lap in practice last weekend and screwed up in qualifying, so we came back and got a little better this weekend. That's a good place to start."

Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart complete the top five.

"I think qualifying is always important," commented Kenseth. "I think since they put in one pit road it's not as important as it was when there were two pit roads, but it's as important as anywhere else. It's not the end of the world if you don't qualify great - if you have a good car - because it's 500 laps.

"Every place we race at is pretty much a three-hour race. If you have the fastest car and start last, unless there are no cautions and these days you know there are going to be cautions because that's just the way it is, you should have plenty of time to get to the front."

Forty-seven teams attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field; failing to make the show were Hermie Sadler, Mike Skinner, Mike Wallace and Chad Chaffin.

Notably, current point leader Jimmie Johnson will start 18th.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Mike Skinner , Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Hermie Sadler , Chad Chaffin