NASCAR Darlington 2013 qualifying results: Kurt Busch wins Southern 500 pole

Streeter Lecka

Kurt Busch smashed the track record to claim the pole for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

An already eventful week for Kurt Busch became even more so when he set a track record in qualifying to win the pole for Saturday's Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

Busch's week began in Sunday's NASCAR race when he flipped on his roof in a harrowing wreck at Talladega Superspeedway. This was followed by an IndyCar test Thursday where he topped 218 mph at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

And on Friday, Busch blazed to his first pole position since June 2011 with a lap of 181.918 mph, breaking the previous track record held by Kasey Kahne.

"Running around at 218 is definitely faster than running around at 181 average," Busch said. "But when you do it with a stock car with no downforce and all the weight that it carries, it's really tough."

The 2004 Sprint Cup champion is in his first season driving for Furniture Row Racing, which won the Southern 500 two years ago in what was the team's only victory to date.

Jimmie Johnson was the provisional pole until Busch's run and will start on the outside of the front row just ahead of Busch's younger brother, Kyle, who lines up third. Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. complete the top five.

In what will be his 700th career start -- all consecutive -- Jeff Gordon will roll off from the eighth position.

After wrecking in practice and having to go to a backup car, Danica Patrick struggled to find speed in her qualifying run and will start 40th.

Complete Bojangles' Southern 500 Starting Lineup:

1) Kurt Busch

2) Jimmie Johnson

3) Kyle Busch

4) Kasey Kahne

5) Martin Truex Jr.

6) Denny Hamlin

7) Matt Kenseth

8) Jeff Gordon

9) Greg Biffle

10) Kevin Harvick

11) Jeff Burton

12) Juan Pablo Montoya

13) Clint Bowyer

14) Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

15) Paul Menard

16) Dale Earnhardt Jr.

17) Carl Edwards

18) Aric Almirola

19) Casey Mears

20) Tony Stewart

21) Ryan Newman

22) Mark Martin

23) Bobby Labonte

24) Marcos Ambrose

25) Jamie McMurray

26) Brad Keselowski

27) Regan Smith

28) Travis Kvapil

29) David Gilliland

30) Joey Logano

31) David Ragan

32) Landon Cassill

33) David Reutimann

34) Josh Wise

35) Michael McDowell

36) Scott Speed

37) Dave Blaney

38) Mike Bliss

39) David Stremme

40) Danica Patrick

41) Timmy Hill

42) JJ Yeley

43) Joe Nemechek

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