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Kyle Busch Shatters Indy Track Record to Claim XFINITY Pole

Kyle Busch Shatters Indy Track Record to Claim XFINITY Pole

by July 25, 2015 0 comments

SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Kyle Busch served as the head of a Joe Gibbs Racing lockout of the first three positions of the Lilly Diabetes 250’s starting grid on Saturday, smashing Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s XFINITY Series track record for his 44th career series pole.

Turning in a lap of 49.854 seconds in Q2, Busch bested his rookie JGR teammate, Daniel Suarez, by 31-thousandths of a second to claim his first series Coors Light Pole Award of the season.

Erik Jones, piloting the Gibbs No. 20 entry for the weekend, was third-fastest with a lap of 50.020 seconds – 166-thousandths of a second off of Busch’s blisteringly-quick lap.

Completing the top-12 in Q2 behind the JGR triumvirate were Brendan Gaughan, Paul Menard, Elliott Sadler, Brian Scott, Aric Almirola, Ty Dillon, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney and Chris Buescher.

Menard set the pace in the first qualifying round of the day with a lap of 49.886 seconds.

With 40 cars entered for today’s 100-lap race, no team was sent home packing from the famed Brickyard following the conclusion of Q1.

Coverage of the Lilly Diabetes 250 will start at 3:00 p.m ET on NBC Sports Network, IMS Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90.

Top-10 Qualifiers for the Lilly Diabetes 250

  1. 54 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 49.854 | Leader
  2. 18 – Daniel Suarez# – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 49.885 | -0.031
  3. 20 – Erik Jones(i) – Toyota – Joe Gibbs Racing – 50.020 | -0.166
  4. 62 – Brendan Gaughan – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 50.255 | -0.401
  5. 33 – Paul Menard(i) – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 50.315 | -0.461
  6. 1 – Elliott Sadler – Ford – Roush Fenway Racing – 50.328 | -0.474
  7. 2 – Brian Scott – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 50.371 | -0.517
  8. 98 – Aric Almirola(i) – Ford – Biagi DenBeste Racing – 50.420 | -0.566
  9. 3 – Ty Dillon – Chevrolet – Richard Childress Racing – 50.421 | -0.567
  10. 42 – Kyle Larson(i) – Chevrolet – HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi – 50.510 | -0.656

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR XFINITY Series points.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

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