Martin Truex, Jr. piloting the Teresa/Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned Chance2 Motorsports No. 81 Chevrolet, grabbed the pole for Saturday's Busch race. Truex's lap of 181.138 mph bested the field as well as his car owner. It marks Truex's first career ...
Martin Truex, Jr. piloting the Teresa/Dale Earnhardt Jr.-owned Chance2 Motorsports No. 81 Chevrolet, grabbed the pole for Saturday's Busch race. Truex's lap of 181.138 mph bested the field as well as his car owner. It marks Truex's first career Budweiser pole award.
"They (the team) told me I was going to best the boss," said Truex. "Everyone knows that we are one of the best teams out here. They've been very successful here in the past, hopefully I can keep that tradition going."
Ron Hornaday starts on the outside pole with a lap of 181.108 mph.
"When you are that close sometimes you wish you were tenth," said Hornaday. "We were really pleased with how the car ran."
Kevin Harvick takes the green flag from third.
"All in all it was a good lap," said Harvick. "We got ourselves a good spot, and good bumpers."
David Stremme and Robby Gordon complete the top five.
Weather wreaked havoc with car set-ups for many teams, as the ambient temperature in Daytona Beach is approximately thirty degrees colder than when Busch teams first took to the track Thursday. Gusty, damp cold winds also plagued several established organizations. Winston Cup champion, Matt Kenseth qualified 29th, and Daytona 500 pole-sitter Greg Biffle, 33rd.
While his protégé stole the front of the field, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (Last year's race winner) charted just the eighth fastest lap in his time-trial effort with a speed of 180.310 mph.
Nextel cup regulars competing in the Busch event this weekend stacked the first five rows of the starting field. Of eight full time Cuppers, five will start in the top ten.
Fifty-three cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field. Notably, Mark Martin, who has won a series-high 45 career races, was among the racers who failed to qualify on time.
"I hate it for this Pennzoil team," said Martin. "They put a lot of work into this thing. It can happen anywhere, but at Daytona, it's more likely to happen than anywhere else."
Michael Waltrip, who qualified 11th, wrecked his primary car during Busch practice and will have to start from the rear of the field.