Kurt Busch wins pole at Auto Club Speedway

Kurt Busch will start first at Auto Club Speedway on Sunday.

It's Busch's second race weekend back from a three-race NASCAR suspension after an incident with his ex-girlfriend in September at Dover.

While a Delaware county commissioner ruled it was more likely than not that Busch committed an act of abuse in a decision regarding the grant of a protection order for Busch's ex, he wasn't charged with a crime by the Delaware Attorney General's office. Busch was suspended immediately after the commissioner's ruling two days before the Daytona 500 and reinstated less than a week after it was announced there would be no charges.

“This is huge for [Stewart-Haas Racing co-owner] Gene Haas," Busch said. Haas' automation company sponsors Busch's car. "That is what I wanted to start the interview with is thank you Gene for believing in me. This is my job. Come to the track, drive the car and put it up on the pole and go for wins. That is what Gene has told me to do from the get go and I’m glad I have this chance to go back out there and live up to why he hired me ... The car started off so fast and it is all due to the work back at the shop.  Thank you Stewart-Haas Racing appreciate it, No. 41 car up front feels good.”

Kevin Harvick, Busch's teammate who won the 2014 Sprint Cup Series championship and the previous two races of 2015, will start second. Joe Gibbs Racing has three of the next four starting spots as Matt Kenseth is third, David Ragan is fourth and Denny Hamlin is sixth. Kyle Larson starts fifth.

The fourth JGR driver, Carl Edwards, starts, 15th. He crashed his primary car in practice earlier on Friday.

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