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Kurt Busch leads SHR Fords 1-2-3 in qualifying

It's Ford's year
Friday, April 6, 2018

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Kurt Busch won a gun for winning the pole
Kurt Busch won a gun for winning the pole

Kurt Busch will start from the pole position Sunday after lightning near Texas Motor Speedway halted Friday’s Busch Pole Award qualifying session following Round 1. Sunday’s qualifying order in the Lone Star State will be set based on Round 1 qualifying speeds.

Busch, who holds the track record for the quickest lap, was fastest in qualifying’s opening round with a top speed of 197.368 mph in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford. Stewart-Haas Racing will start 1-2-3 on Sunday, as Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford was second-fastest (197.116 mph) and Martinsville winner Clint Bowyer came up third-quickest in his No. 14 with a fast lap of 196.829 mph.

Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney will roll off the grid fourth in his No. 12 Ford (196.600 mph), while Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota rounded out the top five with a top speed of 196.257 mph.

Reigning race winner Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet was the highest-ranking Chevy, recording the ninth-fastest speed in the field after a 195.603-mph lap.

Chris Buescher made contact with the Turn 2 wall during his first qualifying attempt in Round 1. After his crew assessed the damage, NASCAR approved the No. 37 team to make a two-tire change. He was able to make a lap before time expired in Round 1 and will start Sunday’s race 18th.

The Monster Energy Series is back on track for practice on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET (FS1).

Lineup

Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford 27.360 197.368
2 4 Kevin Harvick Busch Light Ford 27.395 197.116
3 14 Clint Bowyer Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford 27.435 196.829
4 12 Ryan Blaney Menards/Richmond TheWtrHtrExprts Ford 27.467 196.600
5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 27.515 196.257
6 78 Martin Truex Jr. Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota 27.554 195.979
7 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 27.562 195.922
8 18 Kyle Busch Interstate Batteries Toyota 27.583 195.773
9 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's for Pros Chevrolet 27.607 195.603
10 42 Kyle Larson Credit One Bank Chevrolet 27.688 195.030
11 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 27.689 195.023
12 10 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 27.693 194.995
13 6 Trevor Bayne Performance Plus Ford 27.715 194.840
14 19 Daniel Suarez STANLEY Racing for a Miracle Toyota 27.719 194.812
15 43 Darrell Wallace Jr. # Click n' Close Chevrolet 27.726 194.763
16 88 Alex Bowman Nationwide Chevrolet 27.729 194.742
17 3 Austin Dillon Symbicort Chevrolet 27.757 194.546
18 37 Chris Buescher Bush's Beans Chevrolet 27.758 194.539
19 21 Paul Menard Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 27.774 194.426
20 9 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet 27.789 194.321
21 20 Erik Jones Reser's Toyota 27.810 194.175
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger ClickList Chevrolet 27.842 193.952
23 13 Ty Dillon GEICO Chevrolet 27.861 193.819
24 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna Chevrolet 27.873 193.736
25 31 Ryan Newman Grainger Chevrolet 27.905 193.514
26 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. SunnyD Ford 27.913 193.458
27 34 Michael McDowell Love's Travel Stops Ford 27.919 193.417
28 95 Kasey Kahne Procore Chevrolet 28.030 192.651
29 38 David Ragan 1000Bulbs.Com Ford 28.082 192.294
30 32 Matt DiBenedetto Can-Am/Wholey Ford 28.184 191.598
31 15 Ross Chastain(i) LowT Center Chevrolet 28.325 190.644
32 23 Gray Gaulding Earthwater Toyota 28.569 189.016
33 24 William Byron # Liberty University Chevrolet 28.694 188.193
34 72 Cole Whitt Rinnai Chevrolet 28.963 186.445
35 00 Landon Cassill USFRA.ORG Chevrolet 30.276 178.359
36 51 Harrison Rhodes Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 32.729 164.991
37 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 0.000 0.000

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