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Kyle Busch rolls to Nationwide pole at Bristol

August 23, 2013, Staff report,

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Kyle Busch, in search of the second leg of a Bristol Motor Speedway tripleheader sweep, landed on top of the charts in Friday afternoon’s Coors Light Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, snagging the pole position for tonight’s Food City 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) with a lap of 124.971 mph.


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Busch’s pole was his sixth of the year, third on the .533-mile concrete track and 32nd in his Nationwide career. He’ll start first in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota in tonight’s 250-lap race, the 23rd of 33 events this season, in search of his sixth Nationwide triumph at Bristol.

Brian Scott, who was fastest in the series’ lone practice in the No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, will start second after a lap of 124.873 mph. He brushed the wall on his second qualifying lap.

Ty Dillon, Justin Allgaier and Kyle Larson, runner-up to Busch in the track’s most recent Nationwide race, completed the top five. Points leader Sam Hornish Jr., in the No. 12 Penske Racing Ford, will start 13th.

Seven drivers had made their qualifying attempts before a light drizzle forced a delay of about 20 minutes. The seventh driver, Carl Long, looped his No. 15 Chevrolet in Turns 1 and 2 during his second lap.

David Starr, the 15th driver out, caused another delay when his car spewed smoke as he crossed under the checkered flag during his qualifying run. Josh Wise scraped the Turn 3 wall as he drifted high on his second qualifying lap, but held on to make the race.

Eight drivers, including Long and Starr, failed to make the 40-car field. The others heading home were Joey Gase, Kevin Lepage, Michael McDowell, Mike Harmon, Martin Roy and Morgan Shepherd.


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