Kyle Busch takes Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen Pole in record time
WATKINS GLEN– Fastest of the fast today was Kyle Busch, whose 1:09.767 (126.421 mph) lap was one second faster than Jeff Gordon’s 1:10.798 (124.580 mph). The 2003 track record set by Gordon was destroyed today by no less than 15 drivers during qualifying for Sunday’s 2011 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen. Busch, who qualified on the front row for the Nationwide Series Zippo 200 at The Glen earlier in the day said, “We felt like we were pretty good unloading off the truck and we kept it up all weekend. The lap was pretty good. It was a clean lap. I was able to get the throttle down and accelerate out of the corners real well.” A.J. Allmendinger (No. 43 Best Buy Ford) put his machine on the outside of the front row, commenting: “I was a little conservative in the “Bus Stop”, that’s probably where I lost time to Kyle.” Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 Stanley Ford), tipped by many of his competitors to be the man to beat, said: “I under-drove it a little bit. I’m really confident for the race. It will be interesting for the race to see how strategy and brakes and fuel mileage work themselves out.” Defending champion Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) will start from the fifth position, one spot behind five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet). Five-time Watkins Glen International winner Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot/Mobile 1 Chevrolet) starts from the seventh position while four-time winner, and Legend of the Glen, Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont/Drive to End Hunger) will take off from 17th.