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Kyle Busch On Pole At 600

| , RacinToday.com Thursday, May 24 2018

Kyle Busch will start NASCAR’s longest race from the pole (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Andrew Coppley)

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Kyle Busch earned the top starting spot for Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 by finishing P1 during qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday.

Busch circled the 1.5-mile CMS oval in 28.149 seconds (191.836 mph)

Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was .091 seconds faster that the No. 22 team Penske Ford of Joey Logano (191.218 mph). Denny Hamlin, Busch’s JGR teammate, qualified third at 191.049 mph.

Charlotte is the only active Cup track where Busch has not recorded a victory in a points race, though he has 11 top fives and 16 top 10s in 28 starts. The 2015 series champion’s only win at CMS came in last year’s All-Star Race.

“It’s important to me, but I’m not sure it’s important in the grand scheme of things,” Busch said of his desire to knock the final track off his checklist. “It’s certainly important to me, and I would love to get that knocked out of the way and to be finished with it until another new track comes up on the circuit.

“Certainly, it’s been a trying time here over the course of my career and to have it come to fruition in a points race, (but) the last I checked, I have a trophy at home that says, ‘Winner at Charlotte Motor Speedway,’ so I’ll take that to my grave with me if I do never get a points win here. That will be my saving grace, I guess.”

Logano was 19th fastest in opening practice but improved dramatically in qualifying.

“We made some good adjustments,” said Logano, who is second in the series standings through 12 races, 12 points behind Busch. “It’s hard for me to say what was the changes and what was the race track. The Xfinity cars ran on the PJ1 (traction compound in the center lane) and definitely activated it and got the grip definitely up there.

“It’s hard to say what was what, but the car got faster, and that’s all I really care about.”

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Coca-Cola 600

Charlotte Motor Speedway

Concord, North Carolina

Thursday, May 24, 2018

  1. (18)  Kyle Busch, Toyota, 191.836 mph.
  2. (22)  Joey Logano, Ford, 191.218 mph.
  3. (11)  Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 191.049 mph.
  4. (20)  Erik Jones, Toyota, 190.894 mph.
  5. (2)  Brad Keselowski, Ford, 190.557 mph.
  6. (31)  Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 190.201 mph.
  7. (1)  Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 189.940 mph.
  8. (12)  Ryan Blaney, Ford, 189.893 mph.
  9. (10)  Aric Almirola, Ford, 189.707 mph.
  10. (19)  Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 189.707 mph.
  11. (42)  Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 188.943 mph.
  12. (3)  Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 188.075 mph.
  13. (17)  Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 188.844 mph.
  14. (21)  Paul Menard, Ford, 188.805 mph.
  15. (78)  Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 188.679 mph.
  16. (41)  Kurt Busch, Ford, 188.363 mph.
  17. (6)  Matt Kenseth, Ford, 187.983 mph.
  18. (37)  Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 187.905 mph.
  19. (38)  David Ragan, Ford, 187.526 mph.
  20. (13)  Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 187.402 mph.
  21. (24)  William Byron #, Chevrolet, 187.272 mph.
  22. (9)  Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 187.110 mph.
  23. (48)  Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 186.625 mph.
  24. (43)  Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Chevrolet, 185.816 mph.
  25. (15)  Ross Chastain(i), Chevrolet, 187.624 mph.
  26. (95)  Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 187.585 mph.
  27. (88)  Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 187.493 mph.
  28. (14)  Clint Bowyer, Ford, 187.279 mph.
  29. (34)  Michael McDowell, Ford, 186.890 mph.
  30. (47)  AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 186.716 mph.
  31. (32)  Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 186.047 mph.
  32. (96)  Parker Kligerman(i), Toyota, 185.103 mph.
  33. (72)  Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 183.150 mph.
  34. (23)  Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 183.138 mph.
  35. (00)  Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 182.970 mph.
  36. (66)  Timmy Hill(i), Toyota, 180.222 mph.
  37. (55)  Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 178.974 mph.
  38. (51)  BJ McLeod(i), Chevrolet, 177.731 mph.
  39. (4)  Kevin Harvick, Ford, 0.000 mph.
  40. (7)  JJ Yeley(i), Chevrolet, 0.000 mph.
| , RacinToday.com Thursday, May 24 2018
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