Rowdy Busch Claims Bristol Pole

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Kyle Busch earned his first pole at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. (HHP/Gregg Ellman Photo)
Kyle Busch earned his first pole at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Friday afternoon. (HHP/Gregg Ellman Photo)

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Kyle Busch secured the pole for Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Friday afternoon, setting a track record in the process.

Busch qualified his No. 18 M&M’s Toyota in 14.813 seconds at 129.535 mph, besting the previous track record of 14.908 seconds set by Ryan Newman in 2003. Kasey Kahne will join Busch on the front row for Sunday’s race.

“Great job by all these guys, they work hard and it all pays off,” said Busch, a five-time race winner at Bristol Motor Speedway. “It’s cool to be able to start up front at Bristol. It helps you a little bit. I’ve won plenty of races starting deep in the field, but this one will be a little bit different leading the field to the green this time around.”

The pole is Busch’s first at Bristol and the 11th of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career.

Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin will start third, followed by Brian Vickers and Paul Menard. Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano completed the top 10.

Scott Riggs was the only driver who failed to qualify.