Busch brothers set to start on front row at Bristol
By Matt Courson
April 13, 2018
BRISTOL, Tenn.— Kyle Busch claimed his 29th pole of his NASCAR premier series career Friday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway by posting a lap time of 14.895 seconds.
It was Busch’s second pole of 2018 and the mark ties Ricky Rudd for 24th on the all-time poles list.
“He always told everybody, ‘If you think I’m good, wait for my younger brother,’ so I’m glad I’m living up to those expectations,” Kyle Busch said. “Just a little bit, but we’re doing alright here this weekend.
“I have to give it to my guys, they do an awesome job and the preparation and everything that we’ve got going on right now is great for our Skittles Camry.
Kyle Busch will be joined on the front row by brother Kurt Busch for the Food City 500, who was second fastest in qualifying with a lap time of 14.897 seconds. Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney.
Kevin Harvick, a two-time winner at the speedway, did not turn a lap in qualifying due to a crash in opening practice. He will start from the rear of the field in 39th.
Jimmie Johnson, the defending race winner, will start 17th.
Several notable drivers failed to advance out of the first round of qualifying. Denny Hamlin will start 25th and the reigning champion, Martin Truex Jr., will start 26th.
The Food City 500 is slated for Sunday, April 15th at 2 p.m. EDT. The event will be televised live on FOX.