Qualifying Stats: Bank of America 500
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Kyle Busch poses for photos at Charlotte Motor Speedway after scoring his third pole of 2014.
Thursday’s qualifying session at Charlotte Motor Speedway featured Kyle Busch earning his third pole of 2014 and second at CMS. Below is a breakdown of other numbers and stats to come out of qualifying.
1—After missing the cut to qualify for Saturday night’s race, the DNQ is
the first for Trevor Bayne in his
3—Three drivers will be in the field with fewer than five career starts in Cup. Blake Koch (3) starts 43rd, Corey LaJoie (1) starts 42nd and Brett Moffitt (4) will start 39th.
3—Justin Allgaier, who qualified 16th, is the third different rookie in the last three races to be the highest qualifying rookie.
4—Ryan Newman’s fifth place qualifying effort will only be his fourth top-five start of 2014 thus far.
5—Kyle Busch has qualified inside the top-ten five consecutive race weekends, the longest active streak among the rest of the field.
6—Chevrolet drivers took six of the top-ten starting positions in qualifying Thursday.
7—Saturday night’s race will be Jeff Gordon’s seventh front row start of 2014. He had seven front row starts in 2012 and 2013 combined.
9—Although he has scored nine pole positions at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Ryan Newman hasn’t done so since May 2013, or, nine races at CMS.
16—In 16 races at Charlotte, David Gilliland has never finished on the lead lap, the most among active drivers. Gilliland will start 37th.
21—21 cars broke the previous track record in the first round of qualifying.
22—The lowest a Chase-contending driver qualified Thursday. Matt Kenseth will start 22nd Saturday night.
34—While earning the pole is the 16th of his career, Saturday night will be Kyle Busch’s 34th career front row start.
84—Joey Logano enters Charlotte 84 laps off of the 1,000 laps led mark. If he can do it Saturday, Logano will become the fourth driver to do so in 2014. He starts 13th.
The other drivers
are Kevin Harvick (1,653), Brad Keselowski (1,498) and Jimmie Johnson (1,035).
198.771—The speed Kurt Busch set in the second round of qualifying. The speed is the fastest lap at a 1.5 mile track in the history of the sport.