BUSCH: Johnny Benson earns pole at Rockingham

BUSCH: Johnny Benson earns pole at Rockingham

Johnny Benson turned a fast lap of 153.169 miles per hour to earn the pole for the Goody's Headache Powder 200 Busch Series race at North Carolina Speedway. Benson edged sophomore David Stremme (152.455mph) by less than 1/10th of a ...

Johnny Benson turned a fast lap of 153.169 miles per hour to earn the pole for the Goody's Headache Powder 200 Busch Series race at North Carolina Speedway. Benson edged sophomore David Stremme (152.455mph) by less than 1/10th of a second.

Pole winner Johnny Benson.
Photo by Dan Hamilton/Vantage Point.
David Green (152.265mph), Kasey Kahne (152.132mph) and Jason Keller (151.716mph) rounded out the top five.

Benson, who won the Busch Series championship in 1995, earned his first Busch Series pole. He is looking to give the #1 Yellow Transportation Dodge its third straight win at Rockingham. Jamie McMurray piloted the car to victory lane twice last year.

"I've been on the front row before, but this is the first pole for us," exclaimed Benson. "That was pretty neat for us."

Nextel Cup Series regulars Kahne, McMurray, Kevin Harvick, Johnny Sauter, Robby Gordon, Greg Biffle and Michael Waltrip are also in the field for Saturday's race (12:30 p.m. ET on FX).

"That by far is probably my favorite track that we go to," commented McMurray, who is looking to equal Mark Martin's Busch Series record with his fourth straight NBS win at The Rock. "It's hard to explain, but I just feel very comfortable racing around Rockingham. It has a very familiar feel to me, kind of like an old pair of shoes."

Kyle Busch was the top-qualifying rookie with a speed of 150.766mph. He'll start 14th on Saturday.

"When I was here last fall, I charged the corners and I qualified 17th and this time around I floated it in there like a girl and I'm still 17th, so I don't know what to do," said Busch, who finished seventh last year.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jason Keller , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Robby Gordon , Johnny Benson , Jamie McMurray , David Green , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin