Kyle Busch earns Kentucky pole with track-record speed

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Kyle Busch earns Kentucky pole with track-record speed
Kyle Busch earns Kentucky pole with track-record speed

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) – Kyle Busch set a track record to earn his first Kentucky Speedway pole before thunderstorms shortened NASCAR Cup Series qualifying on Friday.

Busch, a two-time winner of Saturday night’s 400-mile race, clocked 190.282 mph in the No. 18 Toyota for his third pole this season and 22nd of his career. Third in points, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver seeks his first Cup victory since last summer at Indianapolis.

Martin Truex Jr. will start second with Busch’s JGR teammate Matt Kenseth third as Toyotas claimed four of the top five spots in the 40-car field. Jamie McMurray (189.713) starts fourth in a Chevy with JGR’s Denny Hamlin (189.687) next.

The pole was the second of two Busch claimed on Friday; he also earned the top spot for the Xfinity Series race.

Race teams rush to get cars and equipment put away ahead of an incoming thunderstorm, at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, July 7, 2017, in Sparta, Ky. The Xfinity race scheduled for Friday night was pushed back to Saturday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Jamie McMurray’s NASCAR Cup car is moved off pit row as action on the track is called off due to storms, Friday, July 7, 2017, at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
NASCAR Cup Series race cars are moved off pit row as racing for the day is postponed, Friday, July 7, 2017, at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
Race teams rush to get cars and equipment put away ahead of a thunderstorm, at Kentucky Speedway on Friday, July 7, 2017, in Sparta, Ky. The Xfinity race scheduled for Friday night was postponed until Saturday. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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