Kyle Busch has made his way back to a track he has dominated before. Going into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday he will have the advantage.
On Friday Busch won the pole for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway when he made a qualifying lap of 129.535 mph in 14.813. Busch’s qualifying lap not only won him the pole for Sunday’s race but also broke the track’s previous record. The old track record set in March 2003 by Ryan Newman was of 128.709 mph in 14.908 seconds.
Before Busch won the pole, both Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin had broken Newman’s old track record.
Joining Busch on the front row on Sunday will be Kahne followed by Hamlin, Brian Vickers, and Paul Menard. Also qualifying into the top ten were Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano.
Heading into the Food City 500, Busch will start the race from the top spot and will have to maintain the lead if he wants to take home another Bristol victory. Busch has found success at the World’s Fastest Half Mile as he has captured three trucks series wins, five Cup Series wins and in the Nationwide Series he captured three consecutive wins, one in 2010 and two in 2011. In August 2010, he also swept all three races at Bristol.
Meanwhile, current points leader Jimmie Johnson qualified in 13th and will have to race his way up if he wants to keep his points advantage or contend for the lead. Defending race winner Keselowski will attempt to capture another win at Bristol and take over the points lead.