Kurt Busch takes third consecutive pole

Sunday 19th June, 2011 - 9:56am


Busch made it three straight pole for the #22

Busch made it three straight pole for the #22

Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch will start the Helluva Good Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway from pole position.

The 2004 Sprint Cup Champion ended the session just 0.003s faster than Michael Waltrip Racing’s David Reuitimann, giving Dodge a much-vaunted home soil pole.

The last driver to achieve three straight pole positions was Ryan Newman in 2007, when the former Daytona 500 winner also drove for Penske Racing.

Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers and Regan Smith rounded out the top five – with the first four all recording average lap speeds in excess of 188mph.

Australian Marcos Ambrose will start 18th.

At the tail of the field, 11 ‘go or go homers’ battled for eight spots in the field, with Tony Raines, Brian Keselowski and Mike Skinner the unfortunate trio not to make the show.

See below for the full qualifying result

1 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 188.699
2 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 188.684
3 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 188.620
4 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 188.157
5 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 187.607
6 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 187.578
7 Greg Biffle Ford American Red Cross 187.554
8 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 187.534
9 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 187.485
10 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Office 187.436
11 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 187.393
12 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today 187.232
13 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army 236th Birthday 187.227
14 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 187.154
15 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Amp Energy / National Guard 187.130
16 Bobby Labonte Toyota RainEater / Advance Auto Parts 187.062
17 Trevor Bayne Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane 187.032
18 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 187.023
19 Mark Martin Chevrolet 186.969
20 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 186.732
21 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 186.669
22 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 186.669
23 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 186.601
24 Kyle Busch Toyota Snickers 186.567
25 Juan Montoya Chevrolet “Cars 2” 186.553
26 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 186.509
27 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 186.403
28 Travis Kvapil Ford Fellowship of Christian Athletes 186.220
29 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 185.821
30 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 185.749
31 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Drive to End Hunger 185.711
32 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 185.644
33 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar 185.553
34 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Red Line Oil 185.304
35 Mike Bliss Ford blu Cigs 185.252
36 Andy Lally* Ford TRG Motorsports 184.777
37 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 184.686
38 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 184.573
39 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 184.544
40 David Gilliland Ford Taco Bell 184.440
41 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 184.176
42 Dave Blaney+ Chevrolet Golden Corral 182.662
43 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 183.781
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