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CONCORD, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Busch races beyond his years. He’s more superstitious than a lot of 23-year-olds, too.
The hottest Sprint Cup driver declined a $50 bill from outgoing Lowe's Motor Speedway president Humpy Wheeler last night, then continued his qualifying dominance at the track to earn the pole for the Coca-Cola 600.
Busch laughed off the offer from Wheeler, who was patrolling pit road a day after announcing he will retire after 33 years at the track. Busch then turned in a lap of 185.433 mph in his No. 18 Toyota to edge out last week’s All-Star race winner, Kasey Kahne (185.300), who will join him on the front row Sunday for NASCAR’s longest race.
“He took a fifty out of his pocket, and then he was signing it,” Busch said of Wheeler. “I said, ‘I don’t want that.’ He gave it to one my crew guys, and I said, ‘Don’t take that.’ So I put it back in his pocket.”
Brian Vickers qualified third, giving Toyota two of the top three spots. Greg Biffle will start fourth, followed by David Ragan and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Busch started from the pole in last week’s All-Star race and dominated early before bowing out with engine trouble. Busch also started from the pole for last week’s Craftsman Truck Series race. He led the most laps but was involved in a wreck and finished 13th.
“I hope it doesn’t wear off. I hope I’m not just here for this year, and then I’m done and all washed up at 24 years old,” Busch said. “That would be pretty bad, wouldn’t it? We just got to keep going, keep working hard.”
Busch told reporters two hours before qualifying that he didn’t have a car capable of the pole. But after his crew worked on it, Busch went out 22nd out of 48 cars, running a clean lap to overtake Kahne.
Ryan Newman, who won the pole in both points races at Lowe's Motor Speedway last year, got high on the track on his first qualifying lap and failed to make up for it in the second lap. Newman, who has seven career poles here, will start 38th.
“I learned something from being a Vegas boy,” said Busch, who grew up in the gambling capital, where players are known to run away from casino tables when someone throws down a $50.
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