Jones claims first career Cup Series pole
By Matt Courson
August 17, 2017
BRISTOL, Tenn.—Erik Jones claimed the first pole of his NASCAR premier series career Friday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway by posting a lap time of 14.981 seconds.
“It’s cool any time you can get your first pole of the series, but to do it at Bristol, it’s pretty cool,” Jones said. “I’m just excited, we’ve got a really good Five Hour Energy Camry.
“We had a good week last week and we’ve done a good job keeping momentum going so far so hoping for a good day tomorrow night. Obviously really excited to get the race going now and see what we can do.”
Jones will be joined on the front row by Kyle Larson, who was second fastest in qualifying with a lap time of 14.984 seconds. Rounding out the top-five in qualifying were Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott, and Matt Kenseth.
In an attempt to make history at Bristol Motor Speedway by claiming the pole in each of NASCAR’s top three series, Kyle Busch failed to make it into the final round of qualifying.
Busch got loose on the frontstretch and lost all traction in his M&Ms Toyota. He will start 18th.
Brad Keselowski, driver of the No. 22 Autotrader Ford, also failed to advance to the second round.
Other drivers who failed to advance from the first round include Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, Aric Almirola, and fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. IMAGES Jerry Markland/Getty Images