Kyle Busch wins pole at Charlotte; brother Kurt hits fastest qualifying speed on 1.5-mile track in NASCAR history

Bzi8K2iIUAAVoyaKurt 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
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap
1 18 Kyle Busch 27.395 27.335 27.357
2 24 Jeff Gordon 27.471 27.283 27.381 -0.024
3 11 Denny Hamlin 27.542 27.441 27.399 -0.018
4 14 Tony Stewart 27.532 27.361 27.475 -0.076
5 31 Ryan Newman 27.421 27.481 27.489 -0.014
6 27 Paul Menard 27.610 27.387 27.537 -0.048
7 4 Kevin Harvick 27.286 27.282 27.574 -0.037
8 55 Brian Vickers 27.499 27.480 27.587 -0.013
9 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 27.531 27.435 27.699 -0.112
10 99 Carl Edwards 27.347 27.426 27.712 -0.013
11 41 Kurt Busch 27.545 27.167 27.788 -0.076
12 16 Greg Biffle 27.616 27.390 28.184 -0.396
Eliminated From Round 2
13 22 Joey Logano 27.374 27.483 Eliminated -0.701
14 10 Danica Patrick 27.558 27.486 Eliminated 0.003
15 43 Aric Almirola 27.505 27.489 Eliminated 0.003
16 51 Justin Allgaier # 27.587 27.493 Eliminated 0.004
17 2 Brad Keselowski 27.417 27.512 Eliminated 0.019
18 1 Jamie McMurray 27.454 27.512 Eliminated 0.000
19 5 Kasey Kahne 27.276 27.513 Eliminated 0.001
20 3 Austin Dillon # 27.487 27.522 Eliminated 0.009
21 48 Jimmie Johnson 27.488 27.527 Eliminated 0.005
22 20 Matt Kenseth 27.648 27.535 Eliminated 0.008
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
25 15 Clint Bowyer 27.651 Eliminated 0.054
26 47 AJ Allmendinger 27.653 Eliminated 0.002
27 9 Marcos Ambrose 27.740 Eliminated 0.087
28 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 27.796 Eliminated 0.056
29 13 Casey Mears 27.819 Eliminated 0.023
30 36 Reed Sorenson 27.873 Eliminated 0.054
31 95 Michael McDowell 27.912 Eliminated 0.039
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) 27.926 Eliminated 0.014
33 23 Alex Bowman # 27.947 Eliminated 0.021
34 34 David Ragan 27.954 Eliminated 0.007
35 7 Michael Annett # 27.968 Eliminated 0.014
36 26 Cole Whitt # 27.983 Eliminated 0.015
37 38 David Gilliland 28.010 Eliminated 0.027
38 98 Josh Wise 28.113 Eliminated 0.103
39 66 Brett Moffitt 28.158 Eliminated 0.045
40 33 Timmy Hill 28.276 Eliminated 0.118
41 83 J.J. Yeley (i) 28.386 Eliminated 0.110
42 77 Corey LaJoie (i) 28.386 Eliminated 0.000
43 32 Blake Koch(i) 28.816 Eliminated 0.430

# – Rookie
Gold – Chase Drivers
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series

 

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