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Kyle Busch Powers Way to Michigan NNS Pole

Kyle Busch Powers Way to Michigan NNS Pole

by June 14, 2014 0 comments

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BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing) earned himself his third NASCAR Nationwide Series pole of the year by claiming the Coors Light Pole Award for today’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 at the Michigan International Speedway.

Busch bested series contenders Chase Elliott (JR Motorsports) and Ty Dillon (Richard Childress Racing) to earn his 39th career series pole – his first at Michigan. Busch’s lap of 37.259 seconds was 98-thousandths of a second quicker than Elliott’s time, Elliott would be the only driver to get within one-tenth of the 2009 series champion’s lap time.

Busch would be the only Toyota driver to run a top-10 lap time, teammate Elliott Sadler would be the next quickest Toyota with his 12th-place run. In comparison to the Toyotas, Ford would put two of their drivers in the top-10 while Chevrolet would place seven of their drivers within the top-10.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kyle Larson (Turner Scott Motorsports), Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing), and Joey Logano (Team Penske) all made their ways into the top-10. The three drivers would qualify fourth, fifth, and ninth, respectively.

It was a great qualifying session for the rookies, Elliott and Dillon would be joined by Dylan Kwasniewski (Turner Scott Motorsports) and Chris Buescher (Roush-Fenway Racing) in the top-10. Ryan Sieg (RSS Racing) would also have a great qualifying effort by running a lap in the second session good enough to place him in 15th for the start of today’s race.

With a healthy field of 43 entrants entered for today’s race, three drivers were sent home packing after today’s qualifying session. Morgan Shepherd (Shepherd Racing Ventures), Matt Dibenedetto (The Motorsports Group), and rookie Tommy Joe Martins (Martins Motorsports) were the three unlucky drivers made to pack up their equipment much earlier than they wanted to this weekend.

In 22 previous races at Michigan International Speedway, the polesitter has gone on to win the race three times – Brad Keselowski being the last driver to win from the pole in 2010. Past history has shown you can start from anywhere in the field to win here at Michigan, Regan Smith (JR Motorsports) won this race last year from a 20th-place starting position. Smith starts eighth in today’s race.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250

  1. 54 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 37.259 seconds | Leader
  2. 9 – Chase Elliott# – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 37.357 seconds | -0.098
  3. 3 – Ty Dillon# – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.400 seconds | -0.141
  4. 42 – Kyle Larson(i) – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports – 37.444 seconds | -0.185
  5. 33 – Paul Menard(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.462 seconds | -0.203
  6. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 37.492 seconds | -0.233
  7. 31 – Dylan Kwasniewski# – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports – 37.528 seconds | -0.269
  8. 7 – Regan Smith – Chevrolet – JR Motorsports – 37.597 seconds | -0.338
  9. 22 – Joey Logano(i) – Ford – Team Penske – 37.672 seconds | -0.413
  10. 60 – Chris Buescher# – Ford – Roush-Fenway Racing – 38.941 seconds | -1.682

# = Rookie.

(i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Nationwide Series points.

Kyle Pokrefky
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