Kurt Busch earned the pole Friday for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 with a track record at Texas Motor Speedway. But Busch’s 22nd career was so much more in the bigger picture. His speed of 200.915 mph (26.877 seconds) was the fastest run at a 1.5-mile track in a stock car. “Happy birthday, Old Man,” Busch told NBCSN of crew chief Tony Gibson, who turned 54 today. “We just freed it up and the Ford stuck. Our guys are still working hard and pushing. There was something good coming into today and it was Gibson’s birthday. “We’ve had bad luck and have to get ahead of it, to get a step ahead instead of a step behind.” Five drivers qualified at more than 200 mph. Denny Hamlin was second (200.617 mph), followed by Kevin Harvick (200.378), Erik Jones (200.326) and Kyle Busch (200.252).