Kyle Busch cops Keystone Light Pole Award at Kansas
May 09, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
First pole since Sept. 2011 puts No. 51 first for SFP 250 (8:30 p.m. ET, FS1)
Kyle Busch set a track record and was left standing at the end of Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, grabbing the pole position on Friday at Kansas Speedway.
Busch will lead the 31-truck field to green in the SFP 250 (8:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) after notching the fastest time in the third round of qualifying, zeroing in on a best speed of 178.921 mph. It's his 13th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pole and his first since qualifying first at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September 2011.
Ryan Blaney, who will attempt to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut this weekend, will line up next to Busch on the front row after hitting 178.873. Johnny Sauter (178.722), Brian Ickler (178.194), Joey Logano (177.737) and Jeb Burton (177.556) followed in the top six spots.
Darrell Wallace Jr. was in 21st position late in the second segment before his No. 54 Toyota Tundra started to smoke, ending his qualifying session. His Kyle Busch Motorsports crew reported that a radiator bracket came loose and punctured the oil cooler; instead of changing engines, the team worked quickly to make repairs before Friday night's 167-lapper.
Just a hair over three minutes into the first session, Ben Kennedy's No. 31 Chevrolet Silverado snapped loose and hit the wall between Turns 1 and 2 hard on his first lap.
"I knew we had a free setup starting off, but didn't think it was going to be that free," Kennedy said. "I just sort of drove it down into (turn) one. I don't really know; it just broke loose."
Kennedy will have to switch to a backup and start 31st in Friday night's SFP 250, the third race of the season for the truck series.