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Déjà Vu: Busch Scores Second Straight Pole

 

  • May 22, 2004

NAZARETH, Pa. (May 22, 2004) – Kyle Busch and the No. 5 Team Lowe’s Racing crew made it two in a row, scoring their second pole position in as many weeks during NASCAR Busch Series qualifying at Nazareth Speedway.

Busch circled the track in a time of 27.446 seconds (131.167 mph) to claim the top spot for his first career start at the facility.  Busch and his Hendrick Motorsports crew now have won the pole position four times in 2004.

“We’ve really been running well here as of late,” Busch said.  “Hopefully we can keep it going the rest of the year.

“If we can do this week in and week out, we’re going to be really tough.  That’s a lot to say from a Raybestos rookie.  So, hopefully the driver can keep mistakes to a minimum, and we’ll be OK.”

After qualifying was completed, NASCAR impounded the entire field of cars, and no team will be allowed to make any major changes to its entry before Sunday’s race.  With no final practice, most teams used the session prior to qualifying as an opportunity to get their cars handling well in race trim.

Busch and his No. 5 crew were no exception.

“I think we’re OK in race trim—we’ve been able to run strong,” Busch said.  “I think we’ll be fine in the race.  We’re just going to out there in the Lowe’s Chevy and try to get what we can.

“Maybe we’ll just hang around the top five and watch Jason Keller and Ron Hornaday and Tim Fedewa and some of these veterans and see what they do around this place for the end of the race.”

With his front-row starting spot, Busch became the youngest Busch Series driver to ever win a pole position at Nazareth Speedway.

The NASCAR Busch Series 200-mile event will air live from Nazareth Speedway on Sunday, May 22, beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT, on FX and MRN Radio.

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