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April 29, 2023

Kyle Busch to start first at Dover after qualifying washout

Editor’s note: Sunday’s race at Dover Motor Speedway has been postponed to Monday, due to forecasted inclement weather throughout the day.

Kyle Busch will start first in Monday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover Motor Speedway after rain scrapped Saturday’s Busch Light Pole Qualifying session.

The same shower that ended Cup Series practice early brought a cancellation to qualifying, forcing competition officials to set the starting lineup by the NASCAR Rule Book. That elevated Busch’s No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet to the No. 1 starting spot for Monday’s Würth 400 (noon ET, FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

“I’ll take it – starting up front, track position race, number one pit box – that’s super good to have here at Dover,” said Busch, whose Chevy was only 29th fastest in Saturday’s practice.

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Cup Series points leader Christopher Bell will start second in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. The next two rows will be occupied by a quartet of Ford drivers — Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, Chris Buescher and Chase Briscoe in that order.

Keselowski was fastest overall in the dual practice sessions that preceded qualifying. His top lap was 158.660 mph on the 1-mile track in the No. 6 RFK Racing Ford.

Practice was marked by three single-car incidents, the most significant involving Austin Dillon’s No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. Dillon lost control entering the third turn and backed into the outside retaining wall. He was unhurt in the crash and will start Monday’s 400-miler in a reserve car.

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Two other solo spins did not result in contact but occurred in nearly the same area through Turns 3 and 4. Daniel Suárez went for a prolonged slide in his No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet, and Erik Jones’ No. 43 Legacy Motor Club Chevy also skidded through the same corner.

The second session was halted nearly three minutes short by light rain.

Contributing: Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service