Kyle Busch On Pole For VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200

Kyle Busch On Pole For VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200

by April 11, 2014 0 comments

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Kyle Busch will lead the field to the green for the VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 in several hours.

After looking like he was headed for his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series pole position, Chase Elliott had the top qualifying position stolen away from him in the final seconds of qualifying by Busch. This is Busch’s 37th career pole position in the Nationwide Series and is his fifth series start from the pole at Darlington Raceway.

Both Joe Gibbs Racing and JR Motorsports were the only teams to get all three of their drivers top-10 starting positions. Matt Kenseth will start behind Busch in the third-position while Elliot Sadler will start in ninth for JGR, a valiant turnaround for Sadler and his No. 11 crew after they almost missed the cut-off to advance to the second round of knockout qualifying. Elliott will lead the charge for JR Motorsports from the second position while Kevin Harvick will start directly behind him in the fourth position and Regan Smith will start in eighth.

Though he was the quickest driver in all of practice yesterday, Roush-Fenway Racing’s Chris Buescher was unable to top the charts for a second consecutive day – qualifying sixth. Buescher’s teammates, Trevor Bayne and Ryan Reed, will start from the 10th and 18th starting positions, respectively.

Despite being the fastest car in yesterday’s first practice session, fellow Ford driver Joey Logano was unable to advance his No. 22 Snap-On Tools Mustang to the final round of qualifying – settling for a 15th-place starting position.

Kyle Larson’s Friday had already gotten off to a shaky start as he smacked the wall in Sprint Cup Series practice earlier today; his bad luck carried over to the Nationwide Series car as he came into contact with the wall in his Turner-Scott Motorsports entry as well. If the No. 42 Turner-Scott crew is able to repair the damage in time for tonight’s race, Larson will still be able to take the green flag from the 12th-position; if not, Larson will have to drive his way to the front from the rear of the grid.

Busch should be feeling quite confident heading into tonight’s race with his qualifying result; in five of the last eight NNS Darlington races, the pole-position winner went on to win the race. All eight of the previous races run here have been won from a top-six starting spot. Only 13 of 53 Nationwide Series races run at Darlington have been won from a starting position outside of the top-10.

The VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will air later tonight on ESPN2 with live coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m ET.

Top-10 Starting Positions for VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200

  1. 54 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 28.314 | Leader
  2. 9 – Chase Elliott# – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 28.352 | -0.038
  3. 20 – Matt Kenseth(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 28.408 | -0.094
  4. 5 – Kevin Harvick(i) – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 28.647 | -0.333
  5. 3 – Ty Dillon# – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 28.716 | -0.402
  6. 60 – Chris Buescher# – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 28.771 | -0.457
  7. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 28.782 | -0.468
  8. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 28.830 | -0.516
  9. 11 – Elliott Sadler – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 28.879 | -0.565
  10. 6 – Trevor Bayne – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 28.990 | -0.676

(i) = Ineligible for Nationwide Series points.

# = Rookie.

Kyle Pokrefky
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