Busch takes the pole

Kurt Busch will lead the way for the field on Sunday in the 2010 Shelby American on his home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Busch won the pole in Friday’s qualifying to see his odd go from 8/1 to 6/1 with Friday’s performance, but Jimmie Johnson is still favored to win.

Johnson is a 5/1 favorite to win the race according to odds makers at the online sports book Sportsbook.com. Other short odds to win are Busch (6/1), Mark Martin (7/1), and Jeff Gordon (10/1).

Johnson will start 20th on Sunday, but he won this race in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He had four top 10’s in his career at this track with an average finish of 11.1. His driver rating is tops of any active driver at 113.6.

Busch is the defending champion of this event and he holds two pole victories and four top 10’s at Las Vegas in his short career. He has finished outside of the top 11 just once in his career on this track. His average finish is 11.2 and his driver rating is 109.4, which ranks third.

Martin won this event in 1998, his only career win on this track. He does hold nine top 10’s in his career and has an average finish of 13.5. His driver rating at Las Vegas is 94.9, which ranks sixth in the series. He will start eighth on Sunday.

Gordon won this event in 2001. He holds six top 10’s in his career at this track with an average finish of 12.8. His driver rating is 92.3, which ranks eighth. Gordon will start second on Sunday.

The Shelby American will take place Sunday, Feb. 28 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 5PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Shelby American – 2010 Shelby American Las Vegas Motor Speedway – Feb. 28, 2010

Jimmie Johnson 5/1    

Kyle Busch 6/1    

Mark Martin 7/1    

Jeff Gordon 8/1    

Tony Stewart 10/1    

Kurt Busch 10/1    

Jeff Burton 10/1    

Carl Edwards 15/1    

Greg Biffle 15/1    

Kevin Harvick 15/1    

Matt Kenseth 15/1    

Clint Bowyer 15/1    

Juan Pablo Montoya 15/1    

Denny Hamlin 15/1    

Kasey Kahne 25/1    

Dale Earnhardt Jr 25/1    

Ryan Newman 25/1    

Joey Logano 30/1    

Brian Vickers 40/1    

David Reutimann 60/1    

Brad Keselowski 100/1    

Marcos Ambrose 100/1    

Sam Hornish Jr 100/1    

David Ragan 100/1    

Scott Speed 100/1    

Martin Truex Jr 100/1    

Jamie McMurray 100/1    

Bobby Labonte 300/1    

Elliott Sadler 300/1    

Paul Menard 500/1    

Regan Smith 500/1    

AJ Allmendinger 500/1    

Travis Kvapil 500/1   

Field (Any Other Driver) 200/1    

Qualifying Results

1 Kurt Busch (2)

2 Jeff Gordon (24)

3 Ryan Newman (39)

4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

5 Kyle Busch (18)

6 Joey Logano (20)

7 Greg Biffle (16)

8 Mark Martin (5)

9 Tony Stewart (14)

10 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

11 Matt Kenseth (17)

12 Carl Edwards (99)

13 Clint Bowyer (33)

14 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

15 Joe Nemechek (87)

16 Brad Keselowski (12)

17 David Reutimann (00)

18 David Ragan (6)

19 Kasey Kahne (9)

20 Jimmie Johnson (48)

21 Max Papis (13)

22 Jeff Burton (31)

23 Scott Speed (82)

24 Jamie McMurray (1)

25 Travis Kvapil (34)

26 Paul Menard (98)

27 Denny Hamlin (11)

28 Regan Smith (78)

29 Bobby Labonte (71)

30 Mike Bliss (36)

31 Brian Vickers (83)

32 Marcos Ambrose (47)

33 Michael McDowell (55)

34 Kevin Harvick (29)

35 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

36 Dave Blaney (66)

37 Elliott Sadler (19)

38 Aric Almirola (09)

39 Casey Mears (190)

40 David Gilliland (38)

41 Kevin Conway (37)

42 AJ Allmendinger (43)

43 Terry Cook (46)

44 Boris Said (26) DNQ

45 Robby Gordon (7) DNQ

DNQ - Did Not Qualify

2010 Shelby American Information

Race Date: Sunday, Feb. 28

Location: Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nev.

Pre-Race: 2PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 3:16PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: PRN

Track Type: Oval (267 laps)

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Posted: 2/26/10 10:09PM ET

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