Kurt Busch takes pole for Cup race in Kansas



KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kurt Busch has captured the pole for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway, reversing a decade of bad qualifying luck at the 1.5-mile track.

Busch topped the leaderboard at 174.752 mph in his No. 22 Dodge on Saturday. He had never started higher than seventh in 10 career starts in Kansas.

Juan Pablo Montoya will start second in Sunday’s race, followed by Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers.

Joey Logano is fifth and Jamie McMurray, who grew up in nearby Joplin, Mo., and visited the tornado-ravaged town Thursday, will start sixth.

Sprint Cup points leader Carl Edwards is seventh. Jimmie Johnson, who beat Edwards to win here in 2008, will start 31st — by far his worst position here in Kansas.