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Kurt Busch earns pole for Coke 600

2019 Bristol Motor Speedway Kurt Busch
Photo by Melany Aylor/TRE

Kurt Busch will lead the 40-car field to the green flag in the 2020 Coca-Cola 600.

Busch posted a lap time of 29.790 seconds (181.269 MPH) in qualifying Sunday (May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway).

The pole award was Busch’s first of 2020, the 28th of his NASCAR Cup Series career, and his first since the 2018 season.

Jimmie Johnson will begin his quest to break a 101-race winless streak in NASCAR’s premier series from the outside pole in the Coca-Cola 600.

Johnson posted the second-fastest lap time in qualifying (29.799 seconds, 181.214 MPH).

Johnson, an 83-time winner in the NASCAR Cup Series, last saw Victory Lane at Dover International Speedway in May of 2017.

Chase Elliott, Matt Kenseth, and rookie Tyler Reddick will start inside the Top-5.


2019 Bristol Motor Speedway Martin Truex Jr. 19
Photo by Melany Aylor/TRE

2019 Coca-Cola 600 winner Martin Truex Jr. will start eighth.

2019 Coca-Cola 600 polesitter William Byron will start 10th.

Defending series champion Kyle Busch will start 11th.

Matt DiBenedetto, who qualified 33rd, will have to start the race from the rear of the field after brushing the wall in his qualifying run and having to go to a back-up car.

Aric Almirola was the only driver to not post a qualifying time after spinning out in his time trial. He will start 40th.

The Coca-Cola 600, the seventh race of the year, will be broadcast live on FOX (6 p.m. ET) tonight (May 24).

Dominic Aragon View All

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