Busch leads Gibbs front row at Daytona

Busch leads Gibbs front row at Daytona

Cup Series

Busch leads Gibbs front row at Daytona

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Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth gave Joe Gibbs Racing a front-row sweep for the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s return to Daytona.

Toyota proved to have the upper hand in qualifying trim, with Busch’s 46.458-second lap, at an average of 193.723mph, putting him 0.102sec clear of teammate Kenseth, winner at Kentucky last weekend. Fellow Toyota squad Michael Waltrip Racing claimed third with Clint Bowyer. Team owner Waltrip qualified seventh for his return to the driving seat.

Hendrick Chevrolet’s Kasey Kahne managed to prevent an all-Toyota top four by pushing early provisional polesitter Martin Truex Jr. back to fifth, alongside Paul Menard.

Championship leader Jimmie Johnson, winner at Daytona in February’s 500, was second best of the Hendrick stable in eighth. Roush Fenway duo Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle completed the top 10 in the fastest of the Fords.

It was an underwhelming qualifying session for Daytona 500 polesitter Danica Patrick. She only managed 11th, although that still made her Stewart-Haas’ top contender.

Johnson’s closest points rival Carl Edwards starts 12th for Saturday night’s 400-mile race, with reigning champion Brad Keselowski 15th.

Pos  Driver              Team/Car                     Time     Gap 1.  Kyle Busch          Joe Gibbs Toyota             46.458s 2.  Matt Kenseth        Joe Gibbs Toyota             46.560s  +0.102s 3.  Clint Bowyer        Waltrip Toyota               46.594s  +0.136s 4.  Kasey Kahne         Hendrick Chevrolet           46.595s  +0.137s 5.  Martin Truex Jr     Waltrip Toyota               46.601s  +0.143s 6.  Paul Menard         Childress Chevrolet          46.614s  +0.156s 7.  Michael Waltrip     Waltrip Toyota               46.618s  +0.160s 8.  Jimmie Johnson      Hendrick Chevrolet           46.630s  +0.172s 9.  Ricky Stenhouse Jr  Roush Fenway Ford            46.636s  +0.178s10.  Greg Biffle         Roush Fenway Ford            46.645s  +0.187s11.  Danica Patrick      Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       46.649s  +0.191s12.  Carl Edwards        Roush Fenway Ford            46.656s  +0.198s13.  Tony Stewart        Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       46.662s  +0.204s14.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  46.665s  +0.207s15.  Brad Keselowski     Penske Ford                  46.680s  +0.222s16.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Hendrick Chevrolet           46.681s  +0.223s17.  Jeff Burton         Childress Chevrolet          46.699s  +0.241s18.  Joey Logano         Penske Ford                  46.701s  +0.243s19.  Casey Mears         Germain Ford                 46.701s  +0.243s20.  Trevor Bayne        Wood Brothers Ford           46.733s  +0.275s21.  Ryan Newman         Stewart-Haas Chevrolet       46.748s  +0.290s22.  Kurt Busch          Furniture Row Chevrolet      46.756s  +0.298s23.  Jeff Gordon         Hendrick Chevrolet           46.766s  +0.308s24.  Denny Hamlin        Joe Gibbs Toyota             46.768s  +0.310s25.  Marcos Ambrose      Petty Ford                   46.827s  +0.369s26.  Kevin Harvick       Childress Chevrolet          46.838s  +0.380s27.  Jamie McMurray      Earnhardt Ganassi Chevrolet  46.905s  +0.447s28.  David Gilliland     Front Row Ford               46.935s  +0.477s29.  Dave Blaney         Baldwin Chevrolet            46.986s  +0.528s30.  Aric Almirola       Petty Ford                   47.045s  +0.587s31.  Michael McDowell    Parsons Ford                 47.171s  +0.713s32.  JJ Yeley            Baldwin Chevrolet            47.186s  +0.728s33.  AJ Allmendinger     Phoenix Chevrolet            47.188s  +0.730s34.  Bobby Labonte       JTG Daugherty Toyota         47.275s  +0.817s35.  David Stremme       Swan Toyota                  47.318s  +0.860s36.  Scott Speed         Leavine Ford                 47.405s  +0.947s37.  Josh Wise           Front Row Ford               47.412s  +0.954s38.  David Ragan         Front Row Ford               47.419s  +0.961s39.  Terry Labonte       FAS Lane Ford                47.460s  +1.002s40.  Travis Kvapil       BK Toyota                    47.620s  +1.162s41.  David Reutimann     BK Toyota                    47.687s  +1.229s42.  Joe Nemechek        NEMCO Toyota                 47.689s  +1.231s43.  Landon Cassill      Circle Sport Chevrolet       47.840s  +1.382s

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