By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
Kyle Busch has not been stellar at Pocono Raceway in his career, in fact in 10 career starts at the “tricky triangle” Busch has just two top-ten finishes. However he will start from a pretty favorable position to change that on Sunday… the pole.
This marks Busch’s first career pole at Pocono, and his seventh career pole of his Sprint Cup Series career. Not to mention Sunday will mark Kyle’s 200th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start. His lap was 169.485 mph, which was just over one-tenth of a second faster than second-place Clint Bowyer.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. shocked many after his recent struggles by qualifying third. Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin, who have been two of the hottest drivers of late will start fourth and fifth. Don’t forget Hamlin has a history of winning here at Pocono.
Hamlin won both Pocono races from the pole in his rookie season in 2005, and he won the last event ran here.
The rest of the top ten qualifiers were, Tony Stewart 6th, Juan Montoya 7th, Kasey Kahne 8th, Ryan Newman 9th, and Jeff Gordon 10th.
Two drivers failed to qualify for Sunday’s race they were Terry Cook, and Ted Musgrave who was driving for Robby Gordon.