Phoenix: Pole winner interview

Kyle Busch puts Monte Carlo SS on the pole for Saturday's Subway Fresh 500; Tony Stewart qualifies third PHOENIX, AZ - Kyle Busch put his No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS on the pole for Saturday's Subway Fresh 500 at ...

Kyle Busch puts Monte Carlo SS on the pole for Saturday's Subway Fresh 500; Tony Stewart qualifies third

PHOENIX, AZ - Kyle Busch put his No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS on the pole for Saturday's Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. It is the first 2006 pole for Busch and the second of his career. Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, qualified third for the 312-lap race.

A total of six Monte Carlo SS drivers will start in the top-10 on Saturday night. Rookie of the Year contenders Denny Hamlin, No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Sylvania Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and Martin Truex, Jr. No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, qualified in the sixth, eighth and ninth starting positions respectively. Current NASCAR Nextel Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS will start 10th.

The Subway Fresh 500 is scheduled to take the green flag Saturday at 5:25 p.m. PDT (8:25 p.m. EDT). FOX TV, PRN Radio and XM Satellite Radio will provide live coverage of the race.

KYLE BUSCH , NO. 5 KELLOGG'S / CARQUEST MONTE CARLO SS WINS POLE POSITION

ON HIS RUN:

"It was pretty good today from the beginning when we unloaded off the trailer. It is the sister car to the one we won with here last fall. It feels like it is a little bit better, at least so far. We are excited that we have a great race car for Saturday night. As far as qualifying here today, it was a solid lap. I got off in to turn one pretty good. Brought her down to the bottom, then gassed her up and got off the corner pretty well. Then, got down in to turn three, I thought I got in a little too hot because I got on the rev chip going down the backstretch but I drove right through it. Normally you lift a little bit but I just drove right through it and got in a little hot and drifted up the race track.

"But I think it actually helped me because I got up out of the groove off the bottom enough to where I could just straight shoot off the corner and go wide open. A lot of the guys were running right on the yellow line or right around the bottom of the race track and they were kind of having to feather it with the throttle. I got a straight shot off the corner, which I think helped propel me to the top spot today.

ON WALL DANCE:

"The fans were giving me great inspiration to go over there and give them a little celebration. They were calling out my last name I believe, so I just thought I would give them a little love and give it back to them. It is all in fun. I have a good time with them. There is a little support out there, which is nice.

ON FEEDING OFF THE FANS MUCH THE SAME AS HIS BROTHER KURT DOES:

"Basically, yes I do. Dale Earnhardt said it best many years ago, it isn't about whether you are getting booed or cheered, it is all about who has the most noise. I think right now it is a toss up between Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. The Busch Brothers are steadily climbing that rope."

ON CAR FOR THE RACE:

"I am looking forward to it. It is a very good race car. We unloaded with the same setup we had here last fall. It is very good in race trim, we were second on the board to Mark Martin on the board who was making qualifying runs right out of the box.

"The car was turning well, it was driving off the corner well. I was looking at some of the times on our lap-tracker deal, we were pretty good, Greg Biffle was very good. I think Harvick was decent and Tony Stewart was very good. There are some guys we are going to have to battle with and fight it out with for the win. I think it will be a good race come Saturday night. A lot of fun out there."

ON BARKING ON RADIO

"It was me. I was chomping at the bit. That is what it is all about. You are just chomping to get out there and make a qualifying in. Every body always says 'Keep digging, keep diggin.' I just keep chomping at the bit and that is about it."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Tony Stewart , Greg Biffle , Martin Truex Jr. , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin