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Kyle Busch nabs Nationwide Coors Light Pole Award

June 14, 2014, Staff report,

Track-record lap foils Elliott, Menard for top spot at Michigan

RELATED: Nationwide Series qualifying results

Kyle Busch landed the Coors Light Pole Award for the NASCAR Nationwide Series' Ollie's Bargain Outlet 250 in Saturday morning qualifying at Michigan International Speedway.


Busch, driving the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, posted a track-record lap of 193.242 mph around the 2-mile track. It was his third pole of the season, 39th of his career and first at Michigan.

Rookie Chase Elliott will start second in Saturday's 250-miler (2 p.m. ET, ESPN). Ty Dillon, Kyle Larson and Paul Menard completed the top five.

Menard, who led both of Friday's practices, topped both early sessions in the three-round multicar qualifying, but did not have the same speed in the final five-minute group. He turned a 191.571-mph lap to lead the opening session, then upped his speed to 193.138 mph in the second group, but managed just a 192.195 mph lap in the last session.

Two cautions slowed the opening 25-minute session of multicar qualifying. Jeffrey Earnhardt crashed at approximately the seven-minute mark, smacking the Turn 2 wall with the right-rear fender of the No. 4 JD Motorsports Chevrolet. Matt DiBenedetto's No.46 Chevrolet suffered engine failure at the 16-minute mark, forcing a stoppage two minutes later.

DiBenedetto, Morgan Shepherd, and Tommy Joe Martins failed to qualify for the 40-car field.


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