The Busch family claimed the front row for Saturday’s NRA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway during pole qualifying on Friday evening. Kyle Busch set a new track qualifying record time of 27.509 seconds to claim the pole, knocking his brother, Kurt Busch, from the provisional top spot.
“It felt that good,” Kyle Busch said of his qualifying lap. “We didn’t unload the best, but (crew chief) Dave (Rogers) and the guys used the whole toolbox.”
Kurt Busch will start second, alongside his brother on Saturday.
“It was good,” Kurt Busch said shortly after making his qualifying attempt. “A little bit’s still left out there. We unloaded with a lot of speed.”
Aric Almirola went out early in the qualifying session and turned in a time that kept him on the provisional pole through most of qualifying. It wasn’t until Kurt Busch went out 34th that Almirola was knocked from the top of the scoring pylon.
The Busch brothers were the only two drivers to post faster qualifying laps than Almirola, so Almirola will line up third on the starting grid. While the front row will be an all-Busch front row, the second row will be an all Richard Petty Motorsports row with Almirola’s teammate Marcos Ambrose qualifying fourth.
Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top-five.
Three Hendrick Motorsports drivers will start together come the green flag on Saturday night, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. qualifying sixth, Jimmie Johnson seventh and Jeff Gordon eighth.
Carl Edwards and Juan Montoya qualified ninth and 10th.
Two drivers failed to make the race — Scott Speed and Scott Riggs.
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