Kyle Busch Motorsports got its first pole in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition on Saturday when team owner Kyle Busch turned a lap around Atlant Motor Speedway in 31.450 seconds to claim the pole for Saturday night’s NRA American Warrior 300 at the track.
“I don’t know if it’ll hold up,” Busch said afer climbing out of his car during the qualifying session. “I messed up turns three and four really bad.”
The lap did hold up, and Busch wasn’t the only driver who found that end of the race track rather tricky during qualifying. Stenhouse commented on the same thing after falling just 0.019 seconds shy of knocking Busch off the provisional pole.
“That’s a tricky corner to get around,” Stenhouse said.
Stenhouse’s 31.469-second lap was good enough for second to start alongside Busch on the front row.
Kevin Harvick and Kasey Kahne claimed second-row starting spots with Harvick qualifying third and Kahne fourth. Kahne was briefly on the provisional pole before being knocked off by Busch.
Denny Hamlin qualified fifth, Sam Hornish Jr. sixth, Elliott Sadler seventh, Brad Keselowski eighth, Austin Dillon ninth and Mike Bliss rounded out the top-10.
John Jackson was the only driver who failed to make the race, as 44 drivers attempted to qualify for the 43 available positions on the starting grid.
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