Kurt Busch takes pole at Fontana in 2nd race back on track
In this May 22, 2014, file photo, Kurt Busch, left, walks with Patricia Driscoll before qualifying for a NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
FONTANA, Calif. (AP) - Kurt Busch has won the pole for Sunday's NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway, turning a lap of 185.142 mph in his Haas Automation Chevrolet.
With his first pole since May 2013, Busch took another step forward Friday in his return from four months of off-track troubles involving his ex-girlfriend, who accused him of domestic assault. He ended up not being charged.
After being suspended for first three races, Busch returned last week with a fifth-place finish at Phoenix even though he's still adjusting to NASCAR's new rules package.
Busch was the fastest driver in practice at Fontana, and he even edged teammate Kevin Harvick in qualifying.
Harvick is the defending series champion, and he is on a two-race win streak. He clocked a lap at 185.047 mph to join Busch in the front row.