Bristol, TN- Friday afternoon, Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Skittles Toyota won his 2nd pole of the season and his 29th overall of his career. It’s only Kyle’s 2nd ever pole at Bristol, with the other time coming in the spring race in 2013. Kyle would finish 2nd in that race.
In round one of qualifying, Kyle was the fastest car on the track with a lap speed average of 128.950 mph. His brother, Kurt Busch in the No. 41 car was 2nd fastest. Missing the top 24 cut was Denny Hamlin with a lap speed average of 125.773 mph. He will start in the 25th position in Sunday’s Food City 500.
Round two’s 10 minute session didn’t see a car hit the track until there were just three minutes left on the clock. Kurt Busch in the No. 41 was the fastest car on the track in round two, with a average lap speed of 129.030 mph. His brother Kyle was 2nd fastest this time, as the two flipped positions. Missing the top 12 cut for the final round was Erik Jones in the No. 20 car with an average lap speed of 127.317.
In the final round of qualifying, Kyle and Kurt Busch were once again atop the charts. Kyle would capture the pole with a best lap speed of 128.822 mph. Kurt came in 2nd. Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 car will start 3rd, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17 car will start 4th and Ryan Blaney in the No. 12 car rounds out the top five.