Kurt Busch wins first Sprint Cup pole since 2013 for Auto Club 400

CAlWWA2UsAAG1CkKurt Busch, with a qualifying lap speed of 185.142 MPH on Friday, captured the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) pole for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway (ACS).

This was Busch’s first series pole of the 2015 season, his 17th series career pole and his fourth series pole at ACS – a track record.

Starting second on the outside pole with a qualifying lap speed 185.047 MPH will be Kevin Harvick, and he will be followed by Matt Kenseth (184.966 MPH) starting third, David Ragan (184.886) fourth and Kyle Larson (184.337) starts fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Denny Hamlin (184.233 MPH) starting sixth, Jeff Gordon (184.087) seventh, Brad Keselowski (184.063) eighth, Ryan Newman (183.725) ninth and Clint Bowyer (183.407) will start from 10th.

Failing to make the 43-car starting lineup were Reed Sorenson and Travis Kvapil.

On Saturday, the qualified teams will return to the track for two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 11:30 am – 12:25 p,m. (ET – On FOX Sports 2). and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1).

The 19th annual Auto Club 400 is scheduled to start around 3:50 p.m. (ET) with FOX providing television coverage of the event, which will begin with their pre-race show at 3:00 p.m. (ET).

Auto Club 400 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Gap
1 41 Kurt Busch 38.979 38.911 38.889 Leader
2 4 Kevin Harvick 38.905 39.080 38.909 -0.020
3 20 Matt Kenseth 38.791 39.104 38.926 -0.017
4 18 David Ragan 39.022 39.029 38.943 -0.017
5 42 Kyle Larson 39.033 39.197 39.059 -0.116
6 11 Denny Hamlin 39.048 39.000 39.081 -0.022
7 24 Jeff Gordon 39.374 39.017 39.112 -0.031
8 2 Brad Keselowski 39.131 39.084 39.117 -0.005
9 31 Ryan Newman 39.299 39.141 39.189 -0.072
10 15 Clint Bowyer 39.442 39.196 39.257 -0.068
11 27 Paul Menard 39.260 39.251 39.262 -0.005
12 78 Martin Truex Jr. 39.464 39.235 39.280 -0.018
Eliminated From Round 2
13 22 Joey Logano 39.344 39.275 Eliminated -0.040
14 48 Jimmie Johnson 39.097 39.289 Eliminated -0.014
15 19 Carl Edwards 39.420 39.349 Eliminated -0.060
16 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 39.431 39.365 Eliminated -0.016
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 39.211 39.377 Eliminated -0.012
18 47 AJ Allmendinger 39.432 39.395 Eliminated -0.018
19 5 Kasey Kahne 39.375 39.399 Eliminated -0.004
20 14 Tony Stewart 39.559 39.464 Eliminated -0.065
21 3 Austin Dillon 39.377 39.486 Eliminated -0.022
22 10 Danica Patrick 39.551 39.530 Eliminated -0.044
23 43 Aric Almirola 39.576 39.604 Eliminated -0.074
24 46 Michael Annett 39.586 39.912 Eliminated -0.308
Eliminated From Round 1
25 33 Brian Scott (i) 39.611 Eliminated -0.025
26 1 Jamie McMurray 39.642 Eliminated -0.031
27 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 39.657 Eliminated -0.015
28 7 Alex Bowman 39.684 Eliminated -0.027
29 16 Greg Biffle 39.693 Eliminated -0.009
30 55 Brett Moffitt 39.731 Eliminated -0.038
31 51 Justin Allgaier 39.780 Eliminated -0.049
32 35 Cole Whitt 39.876 Eliminated -0.096
33 34 Chris Buescher (i) 39.888 Eliminated -0.012
34 26 Jeb Burton # 39.995 Eliminated -0.107
35 98 Josh Wise 40.050 Eliminated -0.055
36 6 Trevor Bayne 40.153 Eliminated -0.103
37 13 Casey Mears 40.212 Eliminated -0.059
38 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 40.312 Eliminated -0.100
39 32 Mike Bliss(i) 40.375 Eliminated -0.063
40 40 Landon Cassill (i) 40.501 Eliminated -0.126
41 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 40.798 Eliminated -0.297
42 83 Matt Dibenedetto 40.886 Eliminated -0.088
43 38 David Gilliland 41.041 Eliminated -0.155
Did Not Qualifying
44 44 Travis Kvapil (i) 40.431 Eliminated 0.610
45 29 Reed Sorenson 40.706 Eliminated -0.275

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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