Kyle Busch wins Brickyard 400 pole
INDIANAPOLIS — Kyle Busch might take-up residence at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He seems to feel right at home on the legendary grounds.
A year after sweeping NASCAR’s two races at IMS, the driver of the 18-car won the pole for tomorrow’s 23rd Brickyard 400. Busch also won the pole for the Lilly Diabetes 250.
“This is pretty cool for us,” said Busch. “Feels good to be starting up front. Track position means a lot and pit selection means even more, so it’s pretty cool to have that number one pit stall tomorrow,” added the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
Joining Busch on the front row tomorrow is Carl Edwards, who won last year's pole for the 400. Edwards also drives for Joe Gibbs Racing.
"Right now it's a little frustrating, but by tomorrow, it'll feel pretty good to start up front like that," Edwards said. "I felt like my lap was pretty good, so hats off to him [Busch]. He did a great job," Edwards added.
Columbus-native Tony Stewart qualified third in his final appearance in the 400.
"It always helps when you can start up front and when you can up get there and get working on your car in clean air and plan for the end of the race -- that's really an advantage," said the two-time winner of the race.
As for Jeff Gordon, who came out of retirement to replace an injured Dale Earnhardt Jr., he'll start 21st.
"We'd like to have been starting further forward," said Gordon, who's driving the 88-car. "We've got some work to do, and I look forward to the challenge tomorrow," added the only five-time winner of the race.