Kyle Busch Jumps From All Star Race to East/West Series Iowa Pole Winner

Mary Jo BuchananSenior Writer IMay 17, 2009

Kyle Busch is undoubtedly one of the busiest racers in the NASCAR circuit today.  He routinely races the Truck, Nationwide, and Cup series, often doing triple duty on weekends when all three are in the same town.

Even when the series are not in the same location, Busch can be found hopping planes and crossing time-zones to get to the next race.

This weekend proved no different for the youngest Busch brother.  He raced in the NASCAR All Star Race in Charlotte, North Carolina and then jumped on board a plane to fly off to, of all places, Iowa.

Busch, never one to pass up a race opportunity, decided to race in the Long John Silver's 200, a race combining the East and West developmental series in the NASCAR Camping World Series.

He had to make a speedy exit from Charlotte to get to the Iowa Speedway in order to qualify his number 18 Toyota in the East/West combo classic.

And qualify he did, earning the pole with a run of 23.547 seconds around the track, obliterating the track record set by Kevin Harvick in 2007.

Busch said that he had a great run in qualifying, after making adjustments to his tight race car in practice.  "The car stuck well" during his record lap, said Busch.

Busch is now hoping that the qualifying lap will "pay dividends" in the race and will "stick to the bottom of the track" for him.

Several of the East series drivers were able to qualify in the top 10, including defending race winner Brian Ickler.   Ickler qualified in the third position.

Other East drivers, some with very recognizable names, also did well in qualifying, such as Ryan Truex, Martin's younger brother, and Jeffrey Earnhardt, grandson of Dale Earnhardt, Sr.

Austin Dillon, Richard Childress' grandson qualified in the top 10, securing the seventh position. 

Andy Santerre, many-time champion of the East series, brought his young rookie driver Brett Moffitt to the track.  Moffitt had a great qualifying lap and will start fifth on the grid.

Immediate past champion of the East series Matt Kobyluck qualified in the 10th spot.

The top 10 in qualifying were as follows:

1.   Kyle Busch

2.   David Mayhew

3.   Brian Ickler

4.   Ryan Truex

5.   Brett Moffitt

6.   Jeffrey Earnhardt

7.   Austin Dillon

8.   Jason Bowles

9.   Alan Tardiff

10.  Matt Kobyluck

The Long John Silver's 200 has already taken the green flag.  And with no surprise to anyone, that Rowdy young man who loves to race is currently leading the pack.

Source:  Photo Credit:  Denny Strimple, North Fork Photo