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Kyle Busch Grabs Fourth Pole of the Season

by Amy Henderson
Saturday, October 27, 2018

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Kyle Busch
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Kyle Busch took his Joe Gibbs Racing Camry to the top of the starting grid for Sunday’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway with a lap time of19.673 seconds (98.254 MPH).  Spring winner Clint Bowyer was second. Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five.

Martin Truex Jr., Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano and William Byron completed the top 12.

Six of the remaining eight playoff drivers will start in the first six rows Sunday.

Blaney led the way with a lap time of 19.660 seconds (96.317 MPH) in a first session where the biggest surprise was active Martinsville win leader Jimmie Johnson struggling to make the top 24.  Johnson was 30th before making a second attempt, and it took him multiple laps to take a 23rd-place time, which he couldn’t improve on in the next round.  Johnson has nine career Martinsville wins and is a perennial favorite at the track.

The second round was Kurt Busch‘s turn to take over the top of the board, which he did with a time of 19.692 (96.161 MPH). Playoff drivers took five of the top 10 spots in the round as Busch topped brother Kyle, Hamlin, Bowyer and Almirola for the top five spots. Kevin Harvick (13th) and Chase Elliott (21st) were the only two playoff drivers not advancing to the pole round.

Sunday’s race is an impound race, so all cars will be held by NASCAR and inspected Sunday prior to the race. Teams cannot do any work on them prior to inspection and should any car not pass on the first try, the qualifying time will be thrown out and that car will start at the back of the field.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

POSCARDRIVERMANUFBEHINDTIMESPEED
118Kyle Busch (P)Toyota--19.67396.254
214Clint Bowyer (P)Ford0.02719.70096.122
311Denny HamlinToyota0.02919.70296.112
412Ryan BlaneyFord0.03319.70696.093
510Aric Almirola (P)Ford0.04019.71396.058
678Martin Truex Jr. (P)Toyota0.06619.73995.932
741Kurt Busch (P)Ford0.07619.74995.883
82Brad KeselowskiFord0.09719.77095.781
919Daniel SuarezToyota0.11319.78695.704
1042Kyle LarsonChevy0.13319.80695.607
1122Joey Logano (P)Ford0.15219.82595.516
1224William Byron #Chevy0.20419.87795.266
1337Chris BuescherChevy0.13519.79595.661
1438David RaganFord0.13619.79695.656
1520Erik JonesToyota0.14219.80295.627
162Brad KeselowskiFord0.17119.83195.487
1717Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Ford0.17219.83295.482
184Kevin Harvick (P)Ford0.17619.83695.463
1924William Byron #Chevy0.17619.83695.463
2078Martin Truex Jr. (P)Toyota0.19819.85895.357
2188Alex BowmanChevy0.20319.86395.333
2234Michael McDowellFord0.21919.87995.256
2348Jimmie JohnsonChevy0.22119.88195.247
249Chase Elliott (P)Chevy0.23119.89195.199
2515Ross ChastainChevy0.23819.89895.165
2613Ty DillonChevy0.24519.90595.132
276Matt KensethFord0.25319.91395.094
283Austin DillonChevy0.25619.91695.079
2932Matt DiBenedettoFord0.25819.91895.070
3095Regan SmithChevy0.28119.94194.960
3172Cole WhittChevy0.39720.05794.411
3243Bubba Wallace #Chevy0.40220.06294.387
3396DJ KenningtonToyota0.50220.16293.919
3423JJ YeleyToyota0.54520.20593.719
3500Joey GaseChevy0.68220.34293.088
3651Jeb BurtonChevy0.72820.38892.878
3766Timmy HillToyota0.77220.43292.678
387Hermie Sadler IIIChevy0.81220.47292.497
3921Paul MenardFord1.38021.04090.000
4099Landon CassillChevy--0.0000.000


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