Kyle Busch's Bristol hot streak continues with pole

Kyle Busch's Bristol hot streak continues with pole

Cup Series

Kyle Busch's Bristol hot streak continues with pole


Kyle Busch will start Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway where he finished the most recent: at the front.

With a blistering lap of 128.822mph, Busch captured the Busch Pole over older brother Kurt Busch. The elder Busch ran a lap of 128.804mph.

“I was not real sure we were going to be able to get it there, but our guys did a great job here today bringing a fast Skittles Camry to the track,” said Kyle Busch. “Made some good adjustments through the qualifying rounds in making sure we were staying on top of things and continuing to have a good piece.

“Got a little bit tight there in the final round but was able to still maintain a quick enough speed to beat Kurt out.”

The pole is the 29th of Kyle Busch’s career and his second of the season. Busch now has two career poles at Bristol.

In August, Busch swept all three races at Bristol and he enters this weekend having won a week ago at Texas. In all, Busch has six Cup wins at Bristol.

Completing the top five were Brad Keselowski (128.262mph), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (128.253mph) and Ryan Blaney (128.185mph).

Rounding out the top 10 were Kyle Larson (128.048mph), Paul Menard (127.980mph), Alex Bowman (127.835mph), Michael McDowell (127.673mph) and Joey Logano (127.571mph).

Defending race winner Jimmie Johnson will start 17th.

Kevin Harvick did not attempt a qualifying lap. The No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team spent most of Friday preparing the backup car after Harvick crashed in the opening practice session. Even without attempting a qualifying lap, Harvick, because he’s in the backup car, will start at the rear of the field.

NEXT UP: Practice at 8:30 a.m. ET Saturday.