Some notes, observations and one-liners from pole night at Lowe's Motor Speedway:
By The Numbers
Times Kyle Busch had started on the pole in his 126 Cup starts.
Number of tracks to be owned by Speedway Motorsports Inc. after the announcement Thursday that it will own Kentucky Speedway (along with tracks in Bristol, Tenn.; Sears Point, Calif.; Concord; Atlanta; Las Vegas; Dallas-Fort Worth; and Loudon, N.H.)
The speed posted by pole winner Kyle Busch.
BREAKING IN: Keven Wood, son of co-owner of Wood Brothers Racing Len Wood, will make his debut in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this weekend at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Park driving the No. 21 Ford.
Keven Wood has been involved in racing since 2002 and most recently drove late model cars. He will be splitting time with his cousin, Jon Wood, in the No. 21 and will compete in up to eight Truck races this season.
"I can't wait. It's been a long time coming. We tested South Boston (Speedway) in Virginia and had a really good test," Keven said. "It's a track that I've raced on in a late model and I'm comfortable with." -- Jim Utter
MONTOYA HONORED: Juan Pablo Montoya has been named the first-quarter winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Pocono Spirit Award for the work he and his wife, Connie, do in support of their Formula Smiles Foundation in Colombia.
Montoya's charity helps children in need and teaches them sports as well as provides them with the facilities and resources to develop their learning. -- J.U.
GETTING DIRTY: The World of Outlaws sprint car series returns to The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway tonight with Jason Meyers of Clovis, Calif., having won three of the season's first six races.
NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be on hand as owner of two entries, the teams of Donny Schatz and Kraig Kinser. Kasey Kahne, winner of Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race, has Joey Saldana entered in the race.
The Goodyear FASTRAK late model cars will also compete tonight. Hot laps begin at 7:30. For ticket information, call (800) 455-FANS.
NEW PROGRAM: Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota announced the creation of a one-year diversity apprenticeship program in which a graduate of Toyota's Technician Training and Education Network program will be placed in a technical position at MWR.
Toyota uses the T-TEN program within its dealership operations. A finalist for the position will be determined by Sept. 1.
"Diversity is an important initiative for everyone involved in NASCAR and I am honored Toyota wanted to partner with (us)," said team owner Michael Waltrip. "So many talented technicians want to be involved with a NASCAR team and this is an unprecedented way to open the door." -- J.U.
EXPOSED: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has generated about $150 million in television exposure for his sponsors, easily the most among Sprint Cup drivers, according to market research done by Julius Joyce & Associates Inc.
Earnhardt, who ranks third in the points standings, has delivered $24 million more exposure than second-place Jeff Gordon. Jimmie Johnson ranks third, followed by Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.
The survey is based on how much time a driver's car, uniform or pit crew's uniforms are clearly visible on telecasts.
A common question this week is whether Sunday night's 600-mile race will look much different from the All-Star race where there were no caution flags and the action was rarely scintillating.
Kyle Busch said the Saturday night show was a hint of what's to come Sunday night. That could make for a long 600 miles.
It's interesting that nothing happens at Lowe's Motor Speedway today. There's a dirt track race, but the big track will be quiet. Should be a nice day on the lake, though.
A week ago, Kasey Kahne was filled with frustration about his car. Then he won the All-Star race and Thursday night qualified second. Suddenly, he's on a roll.
They Said It
"I didn't eat anything the whole day. Halfway through the race, I was like, `Guys, I am hungry. I need something.' They pushed a white powdered doughnut through the window to eat with gloves on. I think I got more on me than in me." Elliott Sadler -- on what he remembers from the 1998 Coca-Cola 600, his first Cup race
"It was just such an odd thing to be sitting there punching Humpy Wheeler." Jimmie Johnson -- on sparring with Wheeler shortly after arriving in Charlotte nearly a decade ago
"I don't care if we race in Pevely, Missouri. I love racing." Carl Edwards -- on the possibility of a Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway
FRIDAY (at The Dirt Track)
5 p.m.: Spectator gates open
7:30 p.m.: Rite Aid Outlaw Showdown (sprint cars and late models)
2:30 p.m.: Spectator gates open
2:45 p.m.: Sprint Cup practice
3:45 p.m.: Nationwide Series qualifying
6 p.m.: Final Sprint Cup practice
7:30 p.m.: CarQuest 300 Nationwide Series race (200 laps/300 miles)
Noon: Spectator gates open
2:45 p.m.: Prerace activities begin
5 p.m.: Driver introductions
5:45 p.m.: Coca-Cola 600 (400 laps/600 miles)