Kyle Busch starts from pole in ‘AAA 400 Drive for Autism’ | Dover International Speedway


June 2, 2017

Kyle Busch starts from pole in ‘AAA 400 Drive for Autism’

By Colton Wood

Kyle Busch is in prime position to take his No. 18 Toyota to Victory Lane Sunday for the first time this season.

With a 22.648-second (158.954 mph) lap time, Busch secured the pole for Sunday’s “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Friday, marking his first pole of the season.

Kyle Busch will start on the pole for Sunday’s “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” at Dover International Speedway. GETTY IMAGES

“It was pretty good for us,” Busch said of his qualifying efforts. “The first run, we were really loose and I talked about it, made some changes to the car for the second round and made the car a lot better and busted off a really fast lap I thought.

“Held up there in the second round and then the third round, we were just trying to not mess it up and be able to repeat it, so I wasn’t sure that the lap was going to be fast enough — that it was going to stick — but it seemed to be just quick enough. So we’ll take that.”


Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series points leader Martin Truex Jr. will start second Sunday followed by Daniel Suarez, defending race winner Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson.

In his MENCS debut at Dover, Suarez recorded his best start of his Cup career with a lap time of 22.735 seconds (158.346 mph) and broke his previous high Cup start of seventh.

Erik Jones will also make his Cup debut at Dover Sunday and will start seventh after a lap time of 22.831 seconds (157.680 mph) in the final round.

After overtaking Larson for first in the Cup standings last Sunday at Charlotte, Truex made an attempt at logging a lap in the first round, but aborted the run after getting loose.

With just under five minutes left in the preliminary round, Truex came back onto the track after a trackbar and tire pressure adjustment and finished second in the second round in the No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota.

In the final round, Truex turned a time of 22.659 seconds (158.877 mph) and took the second starting position Sunday.

“I was really wanting to just not be second because my brother’s starting second in the truck race, so I really wanted to outdo him by a spot,” Truex said. “Couldn’t get it done, so a little disappointed with that. But all in all good job all day with the Furniture Row Racing guys. Car was good, so just came up a little bit short.”

In the last four races at Dover, Truex has recorded one win and three top-10 finishes.

Despite doing two runs in the first round, Joey Logano was unable to advance to the second round and will start 26th.

Unable to qualify last weekend in the MENCS race at Charlotte due to inspection issues, Larson and the No. 42 Chevrolet ended their misfortunes as the Chip Ganassi team member was able to place lap times Friday.

The California native turned a 22.759-second (158.179 mph) lap time, placing him fifth on the starting grid Sunday.

Jimmie Johnson, who has 10 wins at Dover in 30 races, failed to advance to the final round and will begin the “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” in the 14th starting position.

The drivers will be back on the track Saturday for the second practice session of the weekend at 9 a.m.

The “AAA 400 Drive for Autism” field will take the green flag Sunday at 1 p.m.




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