Kyle Busch wins Coors Light Pole at Pocono

first_imgRELATED: Full starting lineup | Pit stall assignmentsKyle Busch earned the Coors Light Pole Qualifying Award with the fastest lap in the final round of group qualifying ahead of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Overton’s 400 (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Busch turned a lap of 179.372 mph in the third and final round of qualifying for his fifth pole of the season. Pocono Raceway is one of two tracks the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has yet to win at in the Monster Energy Series.“Feel pretty good about this M&M’s Caramel Camry though, it’s really fast and shows good speed,” Busch said following the 24th pole of his Monster Energy Series career. “We were fast here the last time out so certainly hoping it’s a good omen for us and we’re able to be where we need to when it matters — and that’s the last lap.”Martin Truex Jr. will start alongside Busch on the front row. Truex Jr. turned a lap of 178.866 mph in the final round of qualifying in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.In Busch’s five poles this season, Truex Jr. has started next to him in four of those races. That’s even bigger this weekend — the two drivers wrecked while battling for the lead last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The aftermath of that contact was a confrontation between No. 78 pit crewmembers and No. 18 crew chief Adam Stevens, which led to two No. 78 crewmembers being suspended by Joe Gibbs Racing (which Furniture Row Racing shares a technical alliance with) for the next three races.RELATED: JGR suspends two No. 78 crewmen | Stevens defends role | Truex rues suspensionsRow 2 will be made up of Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) and Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota). Row 3 is comprised of the most recent Pocono winner, Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford), and Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford).Two-time Pocono winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) will line up 23rd in his final start at the 2.5-mile track. Defending race winner Chris Buescher (No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet) will start 24th.Qualifying was held on the same day as Sunday’s race for the first time all year. It’ll be the same schedule next Sunday at Watkins Glen and in October at Martinsville. In addition to setting the race lineup, the Pocono qualifying results will be used for pit stall selections at Watkins Glen next weekend.last_img