Kyle Busch is on the pole yet again. Busch, 28, has won a career-high ninth pole in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season. Driving the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch took to the top of the charts at the Charlotte Motor Speedway to win the pole for the Dollar General 300.
Busch took his car onto the slick track and was able to keep it from getting too loose. He was able to barely edge out Joey Logano with a lap time of 29.446 seconds at 183.387 mph. He’ll be looking to win his eighth NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte on Friday evening, and it’s the first time he’s won a pole award at the track.
The points race became more interesting during qualifying. Elliott Sadler, one of the fastest cars in both practices, spun out in turn four and will have to start at the rear of the field in a backup car. Sam Hornish Jr. was barely able to out-qualify points leader Austin Dillon. Hornish will take his No. 12 Ford into the third position to start the race, while Dillon will start beside him in fourth.
Right behind them will be Regan Smith, who’s third in points and will start fifth. Travis Pastrana spun out in qualifying, but was enabled to go back on track since he didn’t get to the green flag. Brad Sweet and Ken Butler III also spun out. Sweet didn’t hit the wall, nor did Pastrana.
Alex Bowman was the highest qualifying rookie as he will start sixth in what’s been a rather impressive rookie season in an underfunded ride. Kyle Larson will start eighth, one of his best starting spots of the year. Larson is pulling double duty for the first time in his career. He’ll be making his Sprint Cup Series debut on Saturday evening in the No. 51 car. Brian Scott, also making his debut, will start 11th on Friday evening.
There were some shocking runs during qualifying on Friday afternoon. Ryan Reed, who will be racing full-time next year with Roush-Fenway Racing, will start 16th. Tanner Berryhill will surprisingly start 18th in the No. 17 car. Nelson Piquet Jr. and James Buescher each struggled during qualifying, as they’ll start 28th and 30th respectively.
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