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Kurt Busch takes first pole of season to continue roll to Chase berth

Kurt Busch takes first pole of season to continue roll to Chase berth

Kurt Busch adjusted best to a track temperature of 60 degrees Celsius (140 F) and turned a fast lap of 39.474 seconds Friday, beating Jimmie Johnson by a thousandth of a second and claiming the pole for NASCARS Sharp AQUOS 500.
"We just changed it here, changed it there, threw a setup on it that we thought would be close and, lo and behold, we've got the pole," said Busch, who wasn't very happy with his practice times earlier in the day. "It's really interesting how today worked, with how hot it was, trying to get a read on the racetrack."
Busch was the 30th of 47 drivers to make qualifying attempts on the 3.2-kilometer (two-mile) oval.
With the air temperature reching 40 degrees (104 F), all the drivers struggled with their setup.
"I was proud of the effort but disappointed," said Johnson, from nearby El Cajon. "I really wanted the win the pole here with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation logo on the side (of the car) and this being my home track."
Kasey Kahne was third at 39.556, followed by Ryan Newman at 39.688, Kyle Busch at 39.704, Elliott Sadler at 39.706, Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 181.132 and Martin Truex Jr. at 39.819.
Matt Kenseth, who won here in February, will start 38th, while Carl Edwards, who won last Saturday night at Bristol, qualified 19th.
Rookie Juan Pablo Montoya got on track but failed to take the green flag when a plume of blue smoke billowed from his Dodge's engine. He will start last in the 43-car field.