Martinsville II: Kurt Busch qualifying report

Busch Qualifies 37th at Martinsville Speedway MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch will start 37th in Sunday's TUMS Fast Relief 500 here at Martinsville Speedway after turning in a lap of 19.956 seconds (94.889 mph) in today's...

Busch Qualifies 37th at Martinsville Speedway

MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Miller Lite Dodge driver Kurt Busch will start 37th in Sunday's TUMS Fast Relief 500 here at Martinsville Speedway after turning in a lap of 19.956 seconds (94.889 mph) in today's qualifying session here on this historical 0.526-mile paper clip-shaped short track.

"We've been struggling here all day, with the car being loose in, tight in the corner and loose off," said Busch, currently fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, trailing leader Jimmie Johnson by 177 points with five races remaining to determine the 2009 series champion. "We think we'll be quite a bit better in the race than what our qualifying effort showed. This is just a super-tough little track to get a handle on."

"That's definitely not what we'd hoped for, but we'll just have to take it and go from there," said crew chief Pat Tryson. "We decided to bring the car here that we ran so well with in the Richmond race (the PRS-621 chassis that finished second at Richmond last month) and still think we can come out of here with a decent finish on Sunday. We're in a hole, but we've seen time after time that Kurt and our team do so well when there's really nowhere to go but forward. We're looking to advance all day here on Sunday."

Busch's Martinsville record certainly displays reason to believe he can excel, even after having to start toward the rear of the field. He won the October 2002 race here after starting from the 36th position.

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson