Busch leads the way

Kyle Busch pulled off the fastest time in qualifying Friday night and he will start up front on Saturday in the 2010 Heath Calhoun 400.

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With his qualifying time and his strong history at Richmond International Speedway, Busch is now the favorite to win the race.

Busch is a 3/1 favorite to win the race according to odds makers at the online sports book BroburySports.com. Other short odds to win are Jimmie Johnson (6/1), Denny Hamlin (8/1), and Jeff Gordon (8/1).

Kyle Busch also won this event last year and finished second in 2008 and 2007. Busch is fifth in the standings, 160 points behind Johnson. Busch has finished in the top 10 in his last three races. At Richmond, Busch has the one win in his career and an average finish of 6th. His driver rating at the track is 111.5, third best in the series.

Johnson won this event in 2007, but finished 30th or worse over the last two years. Johnson leads the series by 26 points over Kevin Harvick. He is coming off a 31st place finish last weekend, his first time out of the top 10 in five races. Johnson has three wins all time at Richmond and has an average finish of 18.3 and a driver rating of 85.7. Johnson will start third in Saturday’s race.

Hamlin has finished in the top five in this event in two of the last four years. He is currently ninth in the standings, 185 points behind Johnson. He has won two of the last four races on the year. Hamlin has one career win at Richmond with an average finish of 8.5 and a series-best driver rating of 121. Hamlin didn’t qualify well, as he will start 30th in the race.

Gordon won this event in 1996 and has finished in the top 10 the last three years. Gordon currently sits 10th in the standings, 193 points behind his teammate, Johnson. Gordon has finished outside the top 20 in his last two races because of crashes. Gordon has two career victories at Richmond with an average finish of 14.5 and a driver rating of 96.0, which ranks seventh in the series. Gordon will start fourth in Saturday’s race.

The Heath Calhoun 400 will take place Saturday, May 1 from Richmond International Speedway at 6:30PM ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Heath Calhoun 400 – 2010 Heath Calhoun 400 Richmond International Speedway – May 1, 2010

Kyle Busch 3/1    

Jimmie Johnson 6/1    

Denny Hamlin 8/1    

Jeff Gordon 8/1    

Kevin Harvick 12/1    

Kurt Busch 12/1    

Mark Martin 12/1    

Clint Bowyer 15/1    

Tony Stewart 15/1    

Jeff Burton 18/1    

Joey Logano 20/1    

Dale Earnhardt Jr 20/1    

Ryan Newman 25/1    

Juan Pablo Montoya 25/1    

Matt Kenseth 25/1    

Carl Edwards 30/1    

David Reutimann 30/1    

Jamie McMurray 30/1    

Greg Biffle 40/1    

Kasey Kahne 40/1    

Brad Keselowski 40/1    

Brian Vickers 60/1    

Martin Truex Jr 75/1    

AJ Allmendinger 100/1    

David Ragan 100/1    

Marcos Ambrose 100/1    

Sam Hornish Jr 200/1         

Elliott Sadler 300/1    

Scott Speed 500/1    

Paul Menard 500/1    

Regan Smith 1000/1    

Bobby Labonte 1000/1    

Travis Kvapil 1000/1

Field (Any Other Driver) 300/1

Qualifying Results

1 Kyle Busch (18)

2 David Reutimann (00)

3 Jimmie Johnson (48)

4 Jeff Gordon (24)

5 Ryan Newman (39)

6 Brad Keselowski (12)

7 Kevin Harvick (29)

8 Jamie McMurray (1)

9 Brian Vickers (83)

10 Clint Bowyer (33)

11 Joe Nemechek (87)

12 Scott Speed (82)

13 Casey Mears (36)

14 Mark Martin (5)

15 AJ Allmendinger (43)

16 Kurt Busch (2)

17 Jeff Burton (31)

18 Tony Stewart (14)

19 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

20 Marcos Ambrose (47)

21 Matt Kenseth (17)

22 Kasey Kahne (9)

23 Joey Logano (20)

24 Elliott Sadler (19)

25 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

26 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

27 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

28 Carl Edwards (99)

29 Regan Smith (78)

30 Denny Hamlin (11)

31 Bobby Labonte (71)

32 Paul Menard (98)

33 Greg Biffle (16)

34 Reed Sorenson (132)

35 David Ragan (6)

36 Mike Bliss (09)

37 Robby Gordon (7)

38 Travis Kvapil (34)

39 David Stremme (26)

40 David Gilliland (37)

41 Terry Cook (46)

42 Kevin Conway (38)

43 Tony Raines (164)

44 Michael McDowell (55) DNQ

45 Max Papis (13) DNQ

46 Dave Blaney (66) DNQ

2010 Heath Calhoun 400 Information

Race Date: Saturday, May 1

Location: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Virginia

Pre-Race: 6:30PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 7:44PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (400 laps)

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Posted: 4/30/10 9:03PM ET

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