As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads into it’s final two races of the season, Kyle Busch will lead the field to the green field in Phoenix.
During Friday’s qualifying session Busch won the pole for the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway when he posted a qualifying lap of 138.766 mph in 25.943 seconds. The pole win at Phoenix is Busch’s second pole win of the season, his previous pole win came at the first New Hampshire race.
Busch’s pole winning lap also became a new track record.
Joining Busch on the front row is Martin Truex Jr. followed by Denny Hamlin in third, making it a Toyota sweep for the top three spots. Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola round out the top five.
The top two drivers in the championship hunt and two top in points will be starting outside of the top ten. Brad Keselowski will start off 14th on Sunday meanwhile Jimmie Johnson will start off outside of the top 20 in 24th.
In Friday’s qualifying session 44 cars made qualifying laps, with J.J Yeley as the lone driver who failed to make the race.
Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Tony Stewart, and Mark Martin close out the top ten for the AdvoCare 500.
Heading in the race weekend at Phoenix Johnson goes in with the points lead. Currently Johnson is seven points ahead of Keselowski. With two races left before the 2012 champion is crowned, neither driver has room for error.