Busch Blasts To ARCA Pole

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LONG POND, Pa. - Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 87 ditech.com Chevrolet, earned the Pennsylvania 200 pole position during ARCA Series qualifying at Pocono Raceway on Thursday. With a lap of 170.849 mph (52.678 seconds), the 18-year-old shattered Casey Mears' month-old ARCA track record of 169.802 mph (53.003 seconds).

Casey Mears will share the front row for Saturday's Pennsylvania ARCA 200 with Busch, while a Petty Enterprises Dodge with Christian Fittipaldi and a Morgan-McClure Pontiac with David Reutimann will fill row two. Frank Kimmel was the fastest among the ARCA regulars in fifth.

The pole at Pocono is the second for Busch in ARCA competition this season. The Las Vegas native won from the inside of Row 1 in his first-ever start with Hendrick Motorsports at Nashville (Tenn.) Superspeedway on April 11 - also a track record.

"I just wanted to come out here and do well," said Busch. "You know, Casey (Mears) seems to be our main competition. He's really strong in the ARCA Series, as well as the Winston Cup deal. We're just out here to have a good time, get some experience and hopefully come back in a couple years in a Winston Cup car and do the same thing we did today."

Since joining Hendrick Motorsports in February, Busch has two victories (Kentucky Speedway and Nashville) and two pole positions (Pocono and Nashville) in ARCA competition, along with a second-place finish in his only Busch Series start of the season at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May. Saturday's Pennsylvania 200 will mark his fifth ARCA start of the year and the sixth of his career.

The ARCA Series is running two events at Pocono this week -- the Giant 200 on Friday and the Pennsylvania 200 on Saturday. Busch is entered in only the Saturday event.

After Saturday's event, Busch's next scheduled appearance will be at Indianapolis Raceway Park on Aug. 2 in the Busch Series - his second career start on the circuit.

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