Kurt Busch knows all too well what a difference a fraction of a second makes. Ten years ago, he lost by two one-thousandths of a second to Ricky Craven at Darlington in the closest finish in NASCAR history. On Friday, Busch set a Darlington track record when he recorded a lap of 27.032 and 181.92 miles per hour to win the pole for Saturday's Bojangles Southern 500.
"It's an amazing run to be able to dance with the lady today and to be able to record the fastest lap time and a track record to boot," Busch told WPDE's Mark Haggard after he won the pole award. "It is a long race, but when you want to break through that threshold and run in the top 5 all night, that first pit box at the end of pit road will help us all night long."
Busch knocked off defending Southern 500 champ Jimmie Johnson off the pole. Kyle Busch, won won the pole for Friday night's Nationwide race will start third on Saturday night. Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex, Junior round out the top five.