DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It may not mean much at Daytona Int’l Speedway, but Kyle Busch will start on the pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400.
Busch put his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota on the pole during Friday’s qualifying session. Busch’s 46.458-second lap at 193.723 mph gave him the top spot over teammate Matt Kenseth’s 46.560-second lap at 193.299 mph.
“This is pretty cool,” said Busch after his first superspeedway pole. “It is a testament to the bodies and of course the engines (and) everybody at Joe Gibbs Racing being able to build a good race car and TRD for giving us some good horsepower here today. Real proud of the effort on everybody’s part.”
Clint Bowyer qualified third to give Toyota a sweep of the top three positions. Kasey Kahne qualified fourth in his Chevrolet, followed by Martin Truex Jr.’s Toyota. Paul Menard, Michael Waltrip, Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Greg Biffle completed the top 10.
Danica Patrick, who started from the pole for the Daytona 500 in February, qualified 11th.
All 43 cars that made a qualifying attempt on Friday will start Saturday’s race.