Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch earns pole for Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400



Kurt Busch has recently discovered a knack for being at the front of the pack.

The veteran Dodge driver captured his third consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup pole today at Michigan International Speedway, edging David Reutimann for the coveted position for tomorrow’s scheduled Heluva Good Sour Cream Dips 400 by three-thousandths of a second.

It was also the second consecutive pole for Busch in this race. He won the June race pole at MIS last year. Busch posted a speed of 188.699 mph, to Reutimann’s 188.684 mph. Matt Kenseth was third fastest at 188.620, followed by Brian Vickers at 188.157.

Vickers was the last NASCAR Sprint Cup driver to win three consecutive pole positions, accomplishing the feat in 2009, his victories spread over five races with two races forced to cancel time trials because of inclement weather. Ryan Newman also won three consecutive poles in 2007. The record is five in a row shared by three drivers, Bobby Allison, Cale Yarborough and Bill Elliott.

“It’s been a good three-race stretch for us,” said Busch, who also gained the Sprint Cup pole positions at Pocono last week and Kansas two weeks ago. “Last week we had a great shot at winning and finished second. The week before, we led the most laps at Kansas and were four laps shy on fuel and brought it home ninth. The week before that, it was a good run at Charlotte and we were running in the top 10 most of the day and come home fourth on the fuel-strategy side.

“It’s just nice to get back to some of the basics. Earlier in the year we were running around 25th place. It’s good to be up there competing for those wins and putting ourselves in contention. That’s what Roger Penske (team owner) always says and it’s a good feeling to run up front and lead laps,” Busch continued.

Busch is currently sixth in the points standings and has been in the top 10 all season.

Tickets for Sunday’s Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 are available by calling 800-354-1010 or walking up the day of the race.

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