Kurt Busch streaked around the Darlington Raceway Friday afternoon in a little more than 27 seconds and won the pole for Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 with a track record speed of 181.918. It’s the second pole victory for Busch at Darlington and the 16th of his career. Busch has never won at Darlington but he does have a second place and third place finish to his credit.
Jimmy Johnson is on the outside of the front row after qualifying at 180.974. Johnson is the defending race champion and the Sprint Cup points leader going into the race.
Jeff Gordon is a seven time winner at Darlington and Saturday night will mark his 700th start in Sprint Cup racing.