Joe Nemechek went out late in the time-trial session to grab the top starting spot for Saturday's season opening Busch event. Nemechek's lap of 182.452 was tough enough to hold off the young upstarts vying for the pole position. "Now I just...
Joe Nemechek went out late in the time-trial session to grab the top starting spot for Saturday's season opening Busch event. Nemechek's lap of 182.452 was tough enough to hold off the young upstarts vying for the pole position.
"Now I just have to stay out of trouble," said Nemechek. "My car is better in race trim than it is in qualifying trim. I am just really excited this is the most excited I have been about racing in a long time."
Kyle Busch went out last and earned the outside pole with a lap of 182.216 mph.
"We would have liked the pole but that's a good run for us," Busch said. "Starting position is so important here to stay out of trouble. I think that puts us in a good position on Saturday."
Paul Wolfe was third quickest with a lap of 181.840 mph.
"We were just happy to be in the top five. These first five races we just need to qualify with this new format. Last year I was cut a little short and look to run all of the laps this year."
Paul Menard and Reed Sorenson complete the top five.
"We were on top there for awhile," said Menard. "Just couldn't stay there. It's still a great starting position for us. I am real happy with that."
Surprisingly, Cup star Matt Kenseth did not make the field for Saturday's Busch race. Fellow Cup racers, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Michael Waltrip who fared so well during qualifying races for the Daytona 500, didn't look too sporty during today's session.
Waltrip will start 15th and Earnhardt 26th.
Fifty-five cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field. Failing to make the show were C.W. Smith; Brent Sherman; Larry Hollenbeck; Tim Sauter; Mark Green; Kevin Conway; Justin Ashburn; Keith Murt; Matt Kenseth; Jeff Kendall; Shane Hall; Kim Crosby.