Busch takes the pole

Kyle Busch was the fastest in Friday’s qualifying for the 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 and he will start up front for Sunday’s race.

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Following the qualifying, Denny Hamlin has emerged as the favorite to win the race.

Hamlin has been given 3/1 odds to win the race according to odds makers at the online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. Other short odds to win are Kyle Busch (5/1), Kurt Busch (7/1), Jeff Gordon (7/1), and Jimmie Johnson (8/1).

Hamlin won this event in 2006 and was third in 2008. He currently is fifth in the point standings, 166 points outside of Kevin Harvick. Hamlin has three wins on five top 5’s on the year. At Pocono, Hamlin has three wins and an average finish of 9.5. His driver rating of 115.9 is tops among any driver in the series. Hamlin will start fifth on Sunday.

Kyle Busch won his second pole of the year on Friday. Busch is second in the standings, 29 points out of first. Busch had two wins and eight top 10’s in 2010. He is winless on this track with an average finish of 21.4 and a driver rating of 78.9.

Gordon is fourth in the standings, 138 points out of first place. Gordon is winless in 2010 but has five top 5’s. Gordon won this event in 2007, 1997, and 1996. Gordon has four wins in his career at Pocono and has an average finish of 10.0 with a driver rating of 97.3. Gordon will start 10th on Sunday.

Kurt Busch is coming off back-to-back wins in consecutive weeks, though one was in an exhibition race. He sits sixth in the standings, 172 points behind Harvick. He has two wins and seven top 10’s on the year. At Pocono, Kurt has two wins in his career with an average finish of 16.5 and a driver rating of 105.9, which is second to Hamlin. Busch qualified fourth for Sunday’s race.

Jonson is currently seventh in the standings, 204 points behind Harvick. Johnson has struggled as of late, finishing 10th or worse in his last six races. Johnson’s struggles continued on Friday as he qualified 25th for Sunday’s race. Johnson won this event in 2004 and has finished in the top 10 the last two years. In his career at Pocono, Johnson has two wins with an average finish of 9.8 and a driver rating of 103.1, which ranks third in the series.

The Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 will take place Sunday, June 6 from Pocono Raceway at 1:18PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 – 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 – Pocono Raceway – June 6, 2010

Denny Hamlin 3/1    

Kyle Busch 5/1    

Kurt Busch 7/1    

Jeff Gordon 7/1    

Jimmie Johnson 8/1    

Tony Stewart 10/1    

Clint Bowyer 12/1    

Jeff Burton 15/1    

Dale Earnhardt Jr 20/1    

Juan Pablo Montoya 20/1    

Kasey Kahne 20/1    

Matt Kenseth 20/1    

Ryan Newman 25/1    

Kevin Harvick 25/1    

Mark Martin 25/1    

Joey Logano 30/1    

Carl Edwards 30/1    

Jamie McMurray 30/1    

Greg Biffle 35/1    

Brad Keselowski 60/1    

Martin Truex Jr 75/1    

Marcos Ambrose 100/1    

David Reutimann 100/1    

Sam Hornish Jr 200/1    

AJ Allmendinger 200/1    

Casey Mears 200/1    

David Ragan 300/1    

Scott Speed 500/1    

Paul Menard 500/1    

Regan Smith 500/1    

Elliott Sadler 500/1         

David Gilliland 2000/1    

Travis Kvapil 2000/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 500/1  

Qualifying Results

1 Kyle Busch (18)

2 Clint Bowyer (33)

3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

4 Kurt Busch (2)

5 Denny Hamlin (11)

6 Tony Stewart (14)

7 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

8 Kasey Kahne (9)

9 Ryan Newman (39)

10 Jeff Gordon (24)

11 Brad Keselowski (12)

12 Joey Logano (20)

13 Jeff Burton (31)

14 Mark Martin (5)

15 Matt Kenseth (17)

16 Marcos Ambrose (47)

17 AJ Allmendinger (43)

18 Jamie McMurray (1)

19 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

20 Max Papis (13)

21 Elliott Sadler (19)

22 Kevin Harvick (29)

23 Casey Mears (83)

24 Regan Smith (78)

25 Jimmie Johnson (48)

26 Carl Edwards (99)

27 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

28 Greg Biffle (16)

29 David Reutimann (00)

30 Joe Nemechek (87)

31 Scott Speed (82)

32 Michael McDowell (55)

33 Paul Menard (98)

34 Dave Blaney (66)

35 David Ragan (6)

36 J.J. Yeley (46)

37 David Gilliland (37)

38 Travis Kvapil (38)

39 Chad McCumbee (164)

40 Geoff Bodine (36)

41 Bobby Labonte (71)

42 Kevin Conway (34)

43 David Stremme (26)

44 Terry Cook (09) DNQ

45 Ted Musgrave (7) DNQ

DNQ - Did Not Qualify   

2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 Information

Race Date: Sunday, June 6

Location: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Penn.

Pre-Race: Noon ET

Green Flag: Approx. 1:18PM ET

TV Coverage: TNT

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (200 laps)

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Posted: 6/4/10 10:38PM ET

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