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Kyle Busch scores Martinsville pole

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Saturday 29th March, 2014 - 9:15am

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Kyle Busch earns his first pole at Martinsville

Kyle Busch earns his first pole at Martinsville

Kyle Busch will start off the pole position for the STP 500 at the flat half-mile at Martinsville in Virginia.

It’s Busch’s first Coors Light Qualifying Pole Award at the ‘Paperclip’ with Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Denny Hamlin set to start alongside.

After winning last week at Fontana, Busch qualified with a speed of 160.410 km/h (99.674 mph) with Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon rounding out the top five.

Joey Logano’s lap in the first round of qualifying of 100.201 mph makes him the first driver in NASCAR’s premier series to turn an official lap at greater than 100 mph at Martinsville. The previous track record was set here last fall by Denny Hamlin (99.595 mph).

Danica Patrick qualified 10th. This is Patrick’s best qualifying effort at a non-restrictor plate track in her Sprint Cup career.

Notable drivers that did not advance to the second round were Brad Keselowski (14th), Ryan Newman (16th), Kevin Harvick (18th), Kurt Busch (22nd), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (26th), Kasey Kahne (27th) and Marcos Ambrose (17th). The Tasmanian on the edge in the session.

“I had some pretty crazy axle hop going into (turn) three there, but we were a little bit desperate,” said Ambrose.

“I took it all the way to the fence, but we’re in the top 20.  We’ve got a decent car.  We’re gonna make the most of it here and see if we can make it a winning car in tomorrow’s practice.”

This also ends Keselowski’s streak of four consecutive front-row starts.

David Reutimann was the only drivers who failed to qualify.

VIDEO: Kyle Busch takes Martinsville pole

 

 

TIMES: Qualifying  STP 500 – Martinsville 

POS 

Car #

Driver

Make

Sponsor

Best Speed

Best Time

Behind

1

18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M’s 99.674 18.998 Leader

2

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 99.548 19.022 –0.024

3

22 Joey Logano Ford Shell Pennzoil 99.428 19.045 –0.047

4

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 99.178 19.093 –0.095

5

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Axalta 99.048 19.118 –0.120

6

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 99.048 19.118 –0.120

7

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Code 3 Associates / Mobil 1 98.883 19.150 –0.152

8

99 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 98.846 19.157 –0.159

9

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald’s 98.625 19.200 –0.202

10

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy/Get Found 98.165 19.290 –0.292

11

16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M 97.764 19.369 –0.371

12

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 5-Hour Energy 97.382 19.445 –0.447

13

55 Brian Vickers Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 98.965 19.134 –0.136

14

2 Brad Keselowski Ford Miller Lite 98.929 19.141 –0.143

15

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Bush’s Beans 98.888 19.149 –0.151

16

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Quicken Loans 98.877 19.151 –0.153

17

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt 98.712 19.183 –0.185

18

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 98.707 19.184 –0.186

19

23 Alex Bowman Toyota Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry 98.661 19.193 –0.195

20

43 Aric Almirola Ford STP 98.625 19.200 –0.202

21

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 98.610 19.203 –0.205

22

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Haas Automation 98.610 19.203 –0.205

23

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 98.599 19.205 –0.207

24

34 David Ragan Ford Taco Bell 98.599 19.205 –0.207

25

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet AccuDoc Solutions 98.430 19.238 –0.240

26

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet Diet Mountain Dew 98.379 19.248 –0.250

27

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Farmer’s Insurance 98.359 19.252 –0.254

28

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 98.333 19.257 –0.259

29

32 Travis Kvapil Ford Keen Parts/SK Tools 98.246 19.274 –0.276

30

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Ford EcoBoost 98.206 19.282 –0.284

31

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet Furniture Row 98.200 19.283 –0.285

32

95 Michael McDowell Ford Triangle Office Equipment 98.002 19.322 –0.324

33

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet Phil Parsons Racing 97.957 19.331 –0.333

34

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 97.886 19.345 –0.347

35

26 Cole Whitt Toyota Swan Energy 97.820 19.358 –0.360

36

40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet CBC Brakleen-Fiberlock 97.759 19.370 –0.372

37

33 David Stremme Chevrolet No. 33 Mace Brands 97.684 19.385 –0.387

38

83 Ryan Truex Toyota Borla Exhaust Toyota Camry 97.598 19.402 –0.404

39

38 David Gilliland Ford Long John Silver’s 97.458 19.430 –0.432

40

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot / Flying J Chevrolet 97.217 19.478 –0.480

41

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota Swan Energy 97.078 19.506 –0.508

42

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet TBA 97.053 19.511 –0.513

43

66 Joe Nemechek Toyota Land Castle Title 96.332 19.657 –0.659

 

 

 

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