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Kyle Busch snares Nationwide pole at Phoenix

November 09, 2013, Staff report,

Sprint Cup regular tops qualifying for 10th time this season

Kyle Busch, an 11-time winner in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season, roared to the Coors Light Pole Award in qualifying for Saturday’s ServiceMaster 200 (4 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Phoenix International Raceway.

Busch scored his 10th pole position of the year, the 36th of his Nationwide career and his sixth on the one-mile track in the desert. He turned a lap of 133.422 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 Toyota.

Austin Dillon, the Nationwide Series points leader with two races left, qualified second at 133.398 mph. Dillon, driving the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, nearly grazed the Turn 2 wall during his qualifying attempt but managed to escape contact.

Sam Hornish Jr., who trails Dillon by just six points in the series standings, will start sixth in the No. 12 Penske Racing Ford.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski qualified third and fourth respectively. Brian Scott will start fifth in Saturday’s 200-lap race.

Former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope, the first driver to make a qualifying attempt, backed his No. 70 car hard into the Turn 1 wall after he lost control on his first lap. He is scheduled to start at the rear of the field in a reserve car.

Morgan Shepherd and Dexter Stacey were the only two drivers who failed to qualify for the 40-car field.


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