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Busch wins Darlington Nationwide pole

May 10, 2013, Staff report,

Joe Gibbs Racing cars sweep top four starting positions

Related: Results, lineup for VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Kyle Busch won the pole position for Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, ruling afternoon qualifying with a 172.584-mph lap at Darlington Raceway.

Busch, a Sprint Cup regular with a Nationwide Series-best four wins this season, landed his third Nationwide pole of the season. He also led an impressive sweep of the first four starting spots by Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas.


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Elliott Sadler, the series' championship runner-up the past two years, will start second after a 172.523 mph qualifying effort. Teammates Matt Kenseth and Brian Vickers will start third and fourth, respectively, on the second row in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Turner Scott Motorsports' Justin Allgaier was fifth-fastest behind the Gibbs stronghold.

Nationwide series points leader Regan Smith, last weekend's winner at Talladega Superspeedway, will start 11th in the 200.8-mile race. He'll start right behind Sam Hornish Jr., the second-place driver in the standings, who qualified ninth.

Only Jason Bowles and former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope failed to qualify for the 40-car field.


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