Kyle Busch Breaks NASCAR Nationwide Series Track Record at Indianapolis to Win Pole for Indiana 250
Kyle Busch is a flat out speed demon.
Winner of nearly half the NASCAR Nationwide Series races this year, Busch has unsurprisingly done it again. Busch has won the pole for the Indiana 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Not only did Busch win the pole with a track record, but he also broke Mark Martin’s NASCAR Nationwide Series record for most career poles with 31. It’s the fifth time Busch will start up front this year in his No. 54 Toyota and is looking to win from the pole for the fifth time this year.
Parker Kligerman was the first driver to break Kasey Kahne’s top speed last year of 176.284 mph, as Kligerman ran a lap nearing 178 mph. He then lost the pole to championship points leader, Sam Hornish Jr., who ran nearly three-tenths of a second faster than Kligerman, but wasn’t quite able to get his all out of the No. 12 Ford. Hornish will start second and Kligerman will start fifth.
Travis Pastrana spun out during his qualifying run and will have to go to a backup car. Pastrana wasn’t the only driver to spin out during qualifying as rookie of the year candidate, Alex Bowman, took his bad luck and made it even worse. Bowman slammed into the wall, destroying his No. 99 Toyota and will also start at the rear of the field.
Elliott Sadler is looking for redemption after last year’s race at Indianapolis. Sadler had the car to beat and was going to win the race, but NASCAR black flagged him for a jumped restart (even though it’s agreeable that he didn’t), which caused him to go from first to 15th. This year, Sadler will start fourth for Joe Gibbs Racing and should certainly be a factor on Saturday afternoon.
There will be several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series doing double-duty this weekend. Besides Busch, Austin Dillon (starting seventh), Matt Kenseth (starting ninth), Paul Menard (starting 10th), Kahne (starting 12th), last weekend’s winner, Joey Logano (starting 13th), Kevin Harvick (starting 15th) and Joe Nemechek starting 24th, will each be in the Sprint Cup Series field on Sunday afternoon for the Brickyard 400.
Expect Saturday’s Nationwide Series race to be quite eventful. With multiple cars wrecking during qualifying as well as during Sprint Cup Series practice on Saturday morning, the track will be slicker than last year, which should make things interesting for the Nationwide Series field.
Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.