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Kyle Busch Beats Brother Kurt to Win Bristol Pole

Kyle Busch won the pole for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. It’s Busch’s 29th career Cup Series pole, second at Bristol, and second of 2018. Kyle’s brother Kurt starts second. This marks the third-ever all-Busch front row.

In the first round, it took about seven minutes for a significant number of car to get out on track. It was another several minutes before any contenders to make a lap. With around five minutes left in the round, contenders started rolling out. This led to a couple of minutes of chaos, and, at the end of it, drivers such as Denny Hamlin (25th), Martin Truex Jr. (26th), Ryan Newman (30th), and Jamie McMurray (31st) were outside of the top 24. Kevin Harvick didn’t make a run because a wreck in practice sent him to a backup car. Because of these issues for the frontrunners, drivers such as Michael McDowell (10th), David Ragan (13th), AJ Allmendinger (15th), and Matt DiBenedetto (24th) made it to the second round. 14.879 seconds was the time to beat, set by Kyle Busch.

In round two, all 24 drivers again sat until three minutes were left before rolling off pit road. At the end of it all, Erik Jones (13th), Clint Bowyer (14th), Chase Elliott (16th), Jimmie Johnson (17th), and Aric Almirola (19th) missed out on their chance to compete for the pole. Johnson had a confrontation with Darrell Wallace Jr. after he got stuck behind Wallace on the track. Johnson wasn’t happy, but deemed it circumstantial. Kurt Busch came away with the fastest time, which was 14.871 seconds.

Again in round three, a car didn’t pull onto the track until only about 90 seconds remained in the round. After that hectic minute and a half, Kyle Busch topped the board, with brother Kurt in second. Kyle ran a lap in 14.895 seconds compared to Kurt’s 14.897 second lap.

On Saturday, the Cup Series has two more practice sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 11:05 a.m. eastern time. The Food City 500 takes place at 2 p.m. eastern on Sunday.

Here is the full starting lineup for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Kurt Busch
  3. Brad Keselowski
  4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Kyle Larson
  7. Paul Menard
  8. Alex Bowman
  9. Michael McDowell
  10. Joey Logano
  11. William Byron (Rookie)
  12. Daniel Suarez
  13. Erik Jones
  14. Clint Bowyer
  15. Kasey Kahne
  16. Chase Elliott
  17. Jimmie Johnson
  18. AJ Allmendinger
  19. Aric Almirola
  20. Darrell Wallace Jr. (Rookie)
  21. Austin Dillon
  22. Chris Buescher
  23. David Ragan
  24. Matt DiBenedetto
  25. Denny Hamlin
  26. Martin Truex Jr.
  27. Ross Chastain
  28. Gray Gaulding
  29. Landon Cassill
  30. Ryan Newman
  31. Jamie McMurray
  32. Ty Dillon
  33. Trevor Bayne
  34. Corey LaJoie
  35. D.J. Kennington
  36. Reed Sorenson
  37. Harrison Rhodes
  38. Chad Finchum (Cup Debut)
  39. Kevin Harvick

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