Busch On Bud Pole

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Kurt Busch won his second straight pole position Friday afternoon taking the top spot for Sunday's Sony HD 500 at California Speedway with a lap of 184.540 mph in his Miller Lite Dodge.

The 2004 NEXTEL Cup champ picked up his fifth pole of the season and eighth of his career. He also won the pole at Fontana back in February.

Busch will be joined by Brian Vickers in the first row, who qualified his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in with a lap of 184.049 mph.

Clint Bowyer, Scott Riggs and Martin Truex, Jr. rounded out the Top 5.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Burton, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and defending race winner Kyle Busch completed the first ten qualifiers.

Five of the 13 drivers still vying for the "Chase to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup" qualified in the Top 10 and four others are in the first twenty. Mark Martin (38th) posted the worst starting position of the drivers still eligible for the final 10-race "Chase."

"There's a lot of pressure," said Martin. "There always is, but the thing is that a lot of people are just now waking up to it. The pressure has been here since the Daytona 500. If you scored more points in the Daytona 500, you wouldn't be sweating here, so I've been racing to make the chase all year since Daytona."

Four drivers failed to qualify for Sunday's race: Bill Lester, Todd Kluever, Kertus Davis and Chad Chaffin.

Sunday's Sony HD 500 is scheduled to take the green flag at 8 p.m. (ET).

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