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Kyle takes pole while Kurt answers back

Kyle Busch claimed pole position for Sunday's road course race at Watkins Glen International, while his brother Kurt fended off questions from the press about his clash with Jimmie Johnson.
Kyle Busch isn't one of the NASCAR drivers you would immediately think of as a road course specialist (128mph on public roads notwithstanding) but he broke the track record at the historic Watkins Glen International former F1 venue with a time of 69.767s (126.421mph) on the 2.45 mile, 11-turn road course. It's Busch's eighth pole position in the Cup series, but surprisingly his first of 2011.

"It's cool to come out here and get a pole," said Busch said. "Joey got it in Sonoma, we got it here, so [Joe Gibbs Racing] swept the poles this year on the road courses. Hopefully we can get a win here Sunday."

While Joey Logano claimed a respectable 13th place at the Glen, JGR's other driver Denny Hamlin was less fortunate and hit the wall at turn 5, putting him at the back of the grid.

Despite feeling that he has "screwed up a little bit here, a little bit there" in his qualifying lap, Kyle's time was 0.210s ahead of AJ Allmendinger who will start alongside him on the front row for Sunday afternoon's 'Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen' Cup race.

"I've always liked Watkins Glen a little bit more than Sonoma; I feel like I've struggled at Sonoma," admitted Allmendinger. "Watkins Glen is a race track that you've really got to be aggressive on and you can really kind of just hang the car out, and I feel I've always been pretty good here ... If we can build some momentum and get a good finish tomorrow, we're right there in points."

Behind them in third place is Allmendinger's team mate, road specialist Marcos Ambrose, who has one of the best records of any driver at the Glen with one second place and two third place finishes in Cup races and three wins in four starts in Nationwide. It represents the Tasmanian's best chance of getting through to the Chase if he can score his first-ever Cup series win here and make a run for one of the wildcard berths.

Ambrose would have preferred to have started even further forward: “I felt a little unfortunate really," he said. "We had a probably had the hardest part of the practice and I underdrove it just a little bit, but we're proud of our efforts. It would have been great to be on the front row with AJ."

Jimmie Johnson will start alongside Ambrose on the second row, with Juan Montoya and Ryan Newman right behind them in fifth and sixth. Former Glen winner Tony Stewart starts from seventh alongside Carl Edwards, while Kevin Harvick is back in 23rd and former F1 driver Scott Speed is starting from 29th.

After clinching the Nationwide Series race pole shortly before, Kurt Busch will be disappointed to only be starting from 27th on the grid. Earlier, during Saturday morning media appearances, Kurt had to tackle the withering verbal onslaught directed at him from Jimmie Johnson on Friday. He decided to take the high ground in the conflict.




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Kurt Busch, driver of the #22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge, poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Aug. 13 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Busch broke the track qualifying record with a fast lap of 123.241 mph (71.567 secs.) [Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images]
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