Busch Brothers Start Up Front for the Shelby 427

David PhillipsAnalyst IFebruary 27, 2009

For the first time in their careers, Kyle and Kurt Busch will start from the front row on Sunday in their hometown of Las Vegas, Nev., for the Shelby 427.

No. 18 Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Shelby 427 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a lap of 185.995 mph, for his first pole of the season and fifth career pole.

BUT since the team changed engines after losing an engine during practice, the No. 18 will have to fall to the rear of the field before the start of the race on Sunday. Starting second will be No. 2 Kurt Busch, followed by No. 48 Jimmie Johnson [who will move up to the pole position], No. 00 David Reutimann, No. 47 Marcos Ambrose, No. 39 Ryan Newman, No. 9  Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Mark Martin, No. 29 Kevin Harvick and No. 14 Tony Stewart.

The top 12 cars all broke the previous track record of 184.856 mph, set by Kahne in March 2007.

The big surprise of the day would be no Fords until you go back to the 16th spot and Carl Edwards. The winner of the last two races, Matt Kenseth starts 40th using owner's points.

Qualifying was also a disappointing day for the No. 36 of Scott Riggs and the No. 41 of Jeremy Mayfield after they did not qualify for Sunday's race after qualifying for both Daytona and California.

Dexter Bean, trying to qualify the No. 51 machine, wrecked trying to push the car to make the show.

The No. 13 of Max Papis qualified for his first oval track in the Cup Series in the GEICO Toyota in an impressive 26th starting position.

It should be interesting to see how the Busch Brothers do on Sunday, as well as to see what Kenseth does.