Track record earns Kyle Busch Bristol pole

Kyle Busch has set the track alight at Bristol

Kyle Busch has set the track alight at Bristol

Kyle Busch has won the pole for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway with a record speed at the famed fastest ‘Half Mile’ in the world.

Ryan Newman had the previous track record at 128.709MPH (207.137 Km/h), set in March 2003, but Busch going 129.535 MPH (208.466 Km/h)

It is the first pole for Busch at Bristol, who has five Cup wins at the Tennessee track.

“It was a great job by all these guys,” said Busch. “They work hard. … It’s cool to have a car out front at Bristol. It helps you a little bit.

“I’ve won plenty of races starting from deep in the field. It will feel a little bit different leading the field to green this time around.”

Starting beside Busch will be Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne, Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin will start third, while Brian Vickers (Michael Waltrip Racing) will start fourth.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose will start 22nd.

“We just haven’t been that great in the center of the corner all day,” said Ambrose.

” We were OK in qualifying trim through there, but we’re still giving up some.  We’ve just got to think about it, but it was a decent qualifying effort for us.

“We’re right around our teammates and after the last couple of weeks that’s a good thing.”

Plenty of stars struggled including Dale Earnhardt Jr (32nd) and Danica Patrick (41st).

Just one driver failed to qualify with Xxxtreme Motorsports driver Scott Riggs set to watch from the stands.

 

QUALIFYING: Food City 500 – Bristol 

POS 

Driver

Car #

Make

Sponsor

MPH

Time

1

Kyle Busch 18 Toyota M&M’s 129.535 14.813

2

Kasey Kahne 5 Chevrolet Great Clips 128.995 -0.062

3

Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota FedEx Freight 128.960 -0.066

4

Brian Vickers 55 Toyota RK Motors 128.528 -0.116

5

Paul Menard 27 Chevrolet Menards / Sylvania 128.356 -0.136

6

Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet CESSNA 128.288 -0.144

7

Brad Keselowski 2 Ford Miller Lite 128.211 -0.153

8

Tony Stewart 14 Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Racing 128.005 -0.177

9

Martin Truex Jr 56 Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 127.946 -0.184

10

Joey Logano 22 Ford Shell-Pennzoil 127.877 -0.192

11

Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Drive To End Hunger 127.869 -0.193

12

Matt Kenseth 20 Toyota The Home Depot / Husky 127.852 -0.195

13

Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools 127.835 -0.197

14

David Gilliland 38 Ford A&W All American Food 127.792 -0.202

15

Casey Mears 13 Ford GEICO 127.588 -0.226

16

Jeff Burton 31 Chevrolet Cheerios 127.512 -0.235

17

Juan Pablo Montoya 42 Chevrolet Target / Mountain Dew 127.470 -0.240

18

Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet Budweiser 127.453 -0.242

19

Kurt Busch 78 Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 127.393 -0.249

20

Aric Almirola 43 Ford Smithfield 127.377 -0.251

21

Carl Edwards 99 Ford Kelloggs/Frosted 127.360 -0.253

22

Marcos Ambrose 9 Ford DeWalt 127.360 -0.253

23

Clint Bowyer 15 Toyota NAPA Filters 127.300 -0.260

24

Greg Biffle 16 Ford 3M 127.258 -0.265

25

David Reutimann 83 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 127.132 -0.280

26

David Stremme 30 Toyota Swan Energy 126.595 -0.344

27

Scott Speed 95 Ford Sin City Motorsports 126.578 -0.346

28

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 17 Ford Best Buy 126.528 -0.352

29

AJ Allmendinger 51 Chevrolet Guy Roofing 126.420 -0.365

30

David Ragan 34 Ford Dockside Logistics 126.403 -0.367

31

Ryan Newman 39 Chevrolet Haas Automation 126.237 -0.387

32

Dale Earnhardt Jr 88 Chevrolet National Guard 125.947 -0.422

33

Dave Blaney 7 Chevrolet Sany 125.848 -0.434

34

Michael McDowell 98 Ford Phil Parsons Racing 125.740 -0.447

35

J.J. Yeley 36 Chevrolet United Mining Equipment 125.732 -0.448

36

Mike Bliss 19 Chevrolet Plinker Tactical 125.708 -0.451

37

Travis Kvapil 93 Toyota Burger King / Dr. Pepper 125.142 -0.520

38

Joe Nemechek 87 Toyota AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 124.897 -0.550

39

Bobby Labonte 47 Toyota Bush’s Beans 124.743 -0.569

40

Josh Wise 35 Ford MDS Transport 124.711 -0.573

41

Danica Patrick 10 Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 124.638 -0.582

42

Landon Cassill 33 Chevrolet Little Joe’s Autos 124.379 -0.614

43

Terry Labonte 32 Ford OXY Water 123.316 -0.747

 

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