Kurt Busch snags Sears Point pole

Kurt Busch turned the quickest lap in qualifying for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Busch's lap of 93.055 mph bested the field by nearly a mile-per-hour to grab the pole for the Cup series first road course...

Kurt Busch turned the quickest lap in qualifying for NASCAR Nextel Cup teams at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California. Busch's lap of 93.055 mph bested the field by nearly a mile-per-hour to grab the pole for the Cup series first road course event of the season.

It is Busch's second pole of the season and fifth of his career.

"I was sitting here, I didn't want to watch a monitor, I didn't want to watch the broadcast," commented Busch. "I was just a bit nervous. This is a big deal to see on a pole at a road course."

Jamie McMurray grabbed the outside pole with a lap of 92.948 mph, "I like coming here; it's fun and I do pretty well here. We've finished in the top 20 each time out in Sonoma and have completed every lap of each race."

Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Boris Said complete the top five fastest times.

"Infineon is such an incredible road course," said Harvick. "It has really good elevation changes and a nice combination of a tight course and high speed sections. It is one of the most challenging tracks I've raced on. We had engine failure there last year. We usually run well at Infineon, we just have to make sure we keep it running the whole race and we should be fine. I feel like we are a top-10 road race team."

Point leader Jimmie Johnson will take the green flag from the 16th starting spot.

"It's just the first road race of the year is always tough on everybody," Johnson commented. "Getting in the rhythm of things, right when we walked in, I think most of the drivers were comfortable with it, the crew chiefs are comfortable with it, and we're really ready to start road course racing. So I'm one that's lobbying for more road course races.

"I love being out here. I don't have the results to really show for it, but I love the racetrack, it's really challenging, and hopefully I can turn that around this weekend."

Notably, David Gilliland, last week's Busch series sensation, attempting to make his first Cup race, will start 31rst.

"It has been a crazy week so far," said Gilliland. "We have filled so many radio requests I think I could do them in my sleep. But I have loved every minute of it. The highlight of the week has definitely been the call I got from Mike Helton. He told me that our win was exactly what NASCAR needed and that he was proud of all of us. As a driver you can't ask for much more than the approval of your league president."

Forty-eight cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field. Failing to make the show were Stanton Barrett, Brian Simo, Johnny Miller, Chris Cook and Travis Kvapil.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Boris Said , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Brian Simo , Jimmie Johnson , Jamie McMurray , Johnny Miller , Stanton Barrett , David Gilliland , Mike Helton , Chris Cook , Travis Kvapil