Defending Winner, Kyle Busch Is On The Pole For Sunday’s Brickyard 400by Hunter Thomas July 23, 2016 0 comments
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Kyle Busch, defending Brickyard 400 winner, will start from the pole on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, after clocking the fastest lap in Round 3 of Saturday’s Coors Light Pole Qualifying.
Busch’s pole sitting effort consisted of a lap of 48.745 seconds at 184.634 mph. The pole marks his first in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Brickyard. His previous best start at the speedway was a seventh during the 2012 edition of the Brickyard 400. The driver of the No. 18 Skittles Toyota Camry now has two poles and 14 top-10 starts this season.
“It means a lot,” Busch said in reference to winning the pole on Saturday. “It’s definitely pretty special to be running the way that we’re running and to have the success that we’ve had here the last couple of years at Indy and I’d love nothing more than to try to win here again.”
Starting alongside of Busch on the front row will be his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Carl Edwards. The runner-up effort marks Edwards’ 15th top-10 start this season. Last year, Edwards sat on the pole for the Brickyard 400 and finished 13th. Edwards is still looking to capture his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I was happy with my lap and I just – I was surprised Kyle (Busch) got me,” Edwards said. “That was a good lap for him – I mean, that was a good lap that he ran because I felt like my lap was pretty good – but, yeah, it’s frustrating right now to be second because it’s so close and the pole position is obviously huge here. But by tomorrow, the race gets started and I think I’ll be pretty happy with that starting spot, so just good job by all my guys.”
In his final fulltime NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Indiana favorite, Tony Stewart will start third at the prestigious speedway. Stewart has seven top-10 starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Saturday’s qualifying effort is Stewart’s fourth top-10 in 2016. The Indiana native is a two-time (2005, 2007) winner at the speedway.
“I was happy with all three rounds to be honest,” Stewart said. “Yesterday the two runs we made, we didn’t even finish a lap really. We bailed out on the first attempt and the second attempt was terrible. My crew chief did an awesome job. Mike (Bugarewicz, crew chief) did a great job of making changes over night for qualifying, and it showed today. I just wish I could do lap three one more time and not clip the apron in four, I think we could have been on the pole.”
Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski will start fourth and fifth respectively. Ryan Newman will start sixth, Kevin Harvick will start seventh and Martin Truex Jr., Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson complete the top-10.
The Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.
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