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Kyle Busch Sets New Track Record to Earn SFP 250 Pole

Kyle Busch Sets New Track Record to Earn SFP 250 Pole

by May 9, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Will Schneekloth/NASCAR via Getty Images

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In his second start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, Kyle Busch claimed the pole position for tonight’s SFP 250 at the Kansas Speedway.

The driver of the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Tundra set a new track record with his lap time of 30.181 seconds, earning himself his 12th-career Truck Series pole and the first of his career at Kansas. Busch just eked out the pole over Ryan Blaney (Brad Keselowski Racing), who qualified eight thousandths of a second off of the pole time.

Busch set the fastest time in the first qualifying round with a lap time of 30.558 seconds. The 25-minute opening round whittled the number of pole contenders down to 24 from the 31 who were set to qualify. The seven that were eliminated from Q1 will still race tonight. Charles Lewandoski, Justin Jennings, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Ryan Ellis, Norm Benning, Ben Kennedy, and Scott Stenzel were eliminated after the first round.

Kennedy (Turner Scott Motorsports) was eliminated in Q1 as he was unable to set a lap time due to crashing his No. 31 Silverado before crossing the start/finish line. Kennedy will likely go to a backup truck.

The second round of qualifying cut another 12 drivers from pole contention in a 10-minute session. Joey Logano (Brad Keselowski Racing) would improve on Busch’s Q1 time by setting a lap time of 30.368 seconds. As the 10-minute mark came around, contenders Tayler Malsam, Ron Hornaday Jr., and Darrell Wallace Jr. would find themselves locked out of the third and final qualifying round.

The last round of qualifying proved to be a five-minute dash for glory. No driver had set a lap time by the halfway mark of the round but with two minutes to go every driver was out on the circuit trying to snag themselves the pole. Busch set his eventual pole-winning time on his first lap and immediately jumped to the top of the pylon. Blaney and Johnny Sauter (ThorSport Racing) were the only two drivers to come within a tenth of a second of Busch’s pole time, Joey Coulter (GMS Racing) in 10th-place would be over four tenths of a second off of the pole.

In the history of the SFP 250, the pole winner has only been able to win the event once when Hornaday Jr. won for Kevin Harvick Inc. here in 2008. All 13 races, however, have been won from a top-10 starting position. The average starting position of the eventual winner at Kansas is 4.3.

Coverage for the SFP 250 starts at 8:00p.m ET with pre-race coverage beginning on FOX Sports 1. Coverage of the event will also be broadcasted on MRN Radio.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the SFP 250 

  1. 51 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 30.181 | Leader
  2. 29 – Ryan Blaney – Ford – Brad Keselowski Racing – 30.189 | -0.008
  3. 98 – Johnny Sauter – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 30.206 | -0.025
  4. 7 – Brian Ickler – Toyota – Red Horse Racing – 30.304 | -0.123
  5. 19 – Joey Logano(i) – Ford – Brad Keselowski Racing – 30.382 | -0.201
  6. 13 – Jeb Burton – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 30.413 | -0.232
  7. 20 – Austin Dillon(i) – Chevrolet – NTS Motorsports – 30.437 | -0.256
  8. 17 – Timothy Peters – Toyota – Red Horse Racing – 30.446 | -0.265
  9. 88 – Matt Crafton – Toyota – ThorSport Racing – 30.503 | -0.322
  10. 21 – Joey Coulter – Chevrolet – GMS Racing – 30.611 | -0.430

(i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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