Kurt Busch smashed the previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) qualfying track record (195.624mph – set by Denny Hamlin in May of 2013) at Charlotte Motor Speedway with a qualifying lap speed of 198.771mph, in round two of qualifying. But, it was his brother, Kyle Busch – with a qualifying lap speed of 197.390mph – in round three, that captured the pole for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500.
This was Busch’s third series pole of the 2014 season, his sixteenth series career pole and his second series pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway.’
Jeff Gordon will sit on the outside pole to start second with a qualifying lap speed of 197.217mph, and he will be followed by Denny Hamlin (197.087mph) starting third, Tony Stewart (196.542) fourth and Ryan Newman (196.442) starts fifth.
Rounding out the top-ten starting positions will be Paul Menard (196.100mph) starting sixth, Kevin Harvick (195.837) seventh, Brian Vickers (195.744) eighth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (195.744) ninth and Carl Edwards (194.861) starting tenth.
Failing to make the starting lineup was Trevor Bayne who was attempting to make his NSCS debut with Roush Fenway Racing.
The qualified teams will return Friday to the track for two more practice sessions, which begins with an afternoon session from 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm (ET – On ESPN2), and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 5:30 pm – 6:50 pm (ET – On ESPN2).
The 55th annual Bank of America 500 is scheduled to get underway around 7:50 pm (ET) Saturday evening, and ESPN on ABC will provide television coverage at 7:00 pm (ET).
|Bank of America 500 Qualifying Results|
|9||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||27.531||27.435||27.699||-0.112|
|Eliminated From Round 2|
|16||51||Justin Allgaier #||27.587||27.493||Eliminated||0.004|
|20||3||Austin Dillon #||27.487||27.522||Eliminated||0.009|
|23||78||Martin Truex Jr.||27.530||27.589||Eliminated||0.054|
|24||42||Kyle Larson #||27.585||27.597||Eliminated||0.008|
|Eliminated From Round 1|
|28||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||27.796||Eliminated||0.056|
|32||40||Landon Cassill (i)||27.926||Eliminated||0.014|
|33||23||Alex Bowman #||27.947||Eliminated||0.021|
|35||7||Michael Annett #||27.968||Eliminated||0.014|
|36||26||Cole Whitt #||27.983||Eliminated||0.015|
|41||83||J.J. Yeley (i)||28.386||Eliminated||0.110|
|42||77||Corey LaJoie (i)||28.386||Eliminated||0.000|
# – Rookie
Gold – Chase Drivers
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series