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Kurt Busch inherits Atlanta pole from his brother

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Saturday 27th February, 2016 - 12:16pm

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Kurt Busch will start from pole in Atlanta

Kurt Busch will start from pole in Atlanta

A post qualifying inspection has seen Kyle Busch bumped to the rear of the field with his brother, Kurt, awarded the pole position at the NASCAR race in Atlanta.

Kyle Busch set the best speed in the final round of qualifying at 308.460 km/h (191.668 mph), prior to the inspection which will now see the Sprint Cup champion start from 39th on the grid.

NASCAR said the degree to which the vertical angle of Kyle Busch’s rear wheels were toed was illegal.

However, apart from having his time disallowed there would be no further penalties applied.

One Busch’s pain is the other’s gain with Kurt now set to share the front row with Jamie McMurray.

“It’s an awesome run that the car had in it,” said Kurt Busch.

“The team did a good job and I was just trying to make sure I didn’t slip a tyre any extra.

“It’s really easy to overdrive Atlanta Motor Speedway. The track challenges the driver, the car and the tyres. It’s a fun place to come and try to lay down a lap.

“Overall with the way the developments came up from tech inspection this shows the amount of enforcement that NASCAR is ready to imply to their technical procedures on what a car has to do to comply to all specs.”

Only 39 cars are entered this weekend making it the smallest NASCAR Sprint Cup field since North Wilkesboro in September 1996 when there were 37 starters.

QUALIFYING TIMES: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 – Atlanta Motor Speedway

 
POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR MPH TIME BEHIND
1 18 Kyle Busch* M&M’s 75 191.668 28.925 Leader
2 41 Kurt Busch Monster Energy / Haas Automation 191.582 28.938 –0.013
3 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald’s 190.130 29.159 –0.234
4 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 189.987 29.181 –0.256
5 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 189.961 29.185 –0.260
6 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion 189.863 29.200 –0.275
7 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John’s 189.779 29.213 –0.288
8 19 Carl Edwards Arris 189.766 29.215 –0.290
9 3 Austin Dillon Dow 189.681 29.228 –0.303
10 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row 189.364 29.277 –0.352
11 44 Brian Scott Twisted Tea 188.591 29.397 –0.472
12 5 Kasey Kahne Panasonic 187.196 29.616 –0.691
13 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Ground 190.385 29.120 –0.195
14 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 190.260 29.139 –0.214
15 16 Greg Biffle Roush Performance Ford Fusion 190.182 29.151 –0.226
16 13 Casey Mears GEICO 190.150 29.156 –0.231
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 189.818 29.207 –0.282
18 2 Brad Keselowski AutoTrader 189.144 29.311 –0.386
19 14 Ty Dillon Bass Pro Shops Tracker Boats 189.138 29.312 –0.387
20 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s 188.790 29.366 –0.441
21 42 Kyle Larson Target 188.719 29.377 –0.452
22 27 Paul Menard Valvoline / Menards 188.713 29.378 –0.453
23 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/Scott Products 188.636 29.390 –0.465
24 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 187.449 29.576 –0.651
25 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 189.390 29.273 –0.348
26 10 Danica Patrick Aspen Dental 189.079 29.321 –0.396
27 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 189.041 29.327 –0.402
28 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 188.565 29.401 –0.476
29 15 Clint Bowyer Aaron’s 188.028 29.485 –0.560
30 38 Landon Cassill FR8 Auctions 187.837 29.515 –0.590
31 7 Regan Smith Nikko / RC ToyState Chevrolet 187.392 29.585 –0.660
32 34 Chris Buescher CSX – Play it Safe 187.120 29.628 –0.703
33 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial 185.903 29.822 –0.897
34 23 David Ragan Dr. Pepper 185.778 29.842 –0.917
35 46 Michael Annett Pilot Flying J 185.617 29.868 –0.943
36 83 Matt DiBenedetto Sewanee, The University of the South / ZAK Products 185.499 29.887 –0.962
37 98 Cole Whitt Tweaker Energy Shot 184.039 30.124 –1.199
38 30 Josh Wise Curtis Key Plumbing 183.820 30.160 –1.235
39 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Can – Am 180.769 30.669 –1.744
 * Failed post-qualifying inspection and will start last

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