Kurt Busch wins Coors Light Pole for Pocono

Kurt Busch, with a qualifying lap speed of 177.599 MPH, captured the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) pole on Friday at Pocono Raceway, and will lead the field to the drop of the green flag in Sunday’s Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400.

This was Busch’s third series pole and seventh top-10 start of the 2015 season, his 19th series career pole and his second series pole at “the Tricky Triangle.”

This year’s Coca-Cola 600 winner, Carl Edwards, will start second on the outside pole with a qualifying lap speed of 177.550 MPH, and he will be followed by Martin Truex Jr. (177.522 MPH) starting third, Jeff Gordon (177.211) fourth and Kevin Harvick (177.200) starts fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 starting positions will be Austin Dillon (176.526 MPH) starting from sixth, Brad Keselowski (175.967) seventh, Denny Hamlin (177.676 -2nd round speed) eighth, Jimmie Johnson (177.385 -2nd round speed) ninth and Kyle Busch (177.193 -2nd round speed) will start from 10th. (Note: Hamlin spun out in the closing minutes of third-round qualifying, which resulted in only seven drivers – out of 12 – getting in their qualifying time and leaving the 5 other drivers to revert to round 2 qualifying times.)

There was no one failing to make the race, as only 43 drivers attempted to qualify for the 43-car field starting lineup.

Brett Moffitt, with a lap speed of 172.437 MPH, was the highest qualifying rookie and will start from 36th.

On Saturday, the qualified teams will return for two more practice sessions beginning with a morning session from 9:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1), and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. (ET – On FOX Sports 1).

Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Gap
1 41 Kurt Busch 51.116 51.055 50.676 Leader
2 19 Carl Edwards 50.851 50.996 50.690 -0.014
3 78 Martin Truex Jr. 50.873 50.912 50.698 -0.008
4 24 Jeff Gordon 50.725 51.006 50.787 -0.089
5 4 Kevin Harvick 50.693 50.645 50.790 -0.003
6 3 Austin Dillon 50.872 50.904 50.984 -0.194
7 2 Brad Keselowski 51.215 51.124 51.146 -0.162
8 11 Denny Hamlin 50.863 50.654 0.000 -51.146
9 48 Jimmie Johnson 50.960 50.737 0.000 0.000
10 18 Kyle Busch 50.718 50.792 0.000 0.000
11 22 Joey Logano 51.001 50.905 0.000 0.000
12 5 Kasey Kahne 51.017 51.116 0.000 0.000
Eliminated From Round 2
13 31 Ryan Newman 50.950 51.126 Eliminated -0.010
14 1 Jamie McMurray 51.054 51.135 Eliminated -0.009
15 42 Kyle Larson 51.232 51.153 Eliminated -0.018
16 27 Paul Menard 51.094 51.167 Eliminated -0.014
17 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 51.429 51.224 Eliminated -0.057
18 13 Casey Mears 50.986 51.232 Eliminated -0.008
19 20 Matt Kenseth 51.327 51.478 Eliminated -0.246
20 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 51.044 51.778 Eliminated -0.300
21 55 David Ragan 51.317 51.654 Eliminated 0.124
22 10 Danica Patrick 51.280 51.292 Eliminated 0.362
23 15 Clint Bowyer 51.452 51.306 Eliminated -0.014
24 9 Sam Hornish Jr. 51.432 51.273 Eliminated 0.033
Eliminated From Round 1
25 43 Aric Almirola 51.490 Eliminated -0.058
26 47 AJ Allmendinger 51.496 Eliminated -0.006
27 16 Greg Biffle 51.522 Eliminated -0.026
28 14 Tony Stewart 51.531 Eliminated -0.009
29 33 Ty Dillon (i) 51.630 Eliminated -0.099
30 51 Justin Allgaier 51.715 Eliminated -0.085
31 46 Michael Annett 51.762 Eliminated -0.047
32 40 Landon Cassill (i) 51.762 Eliminated 0.000
33 6 Trevor Bayne 51.815 Eliminated -0.053
34 7 Alex Bowman 51.900 Eliminated -0.085
35 38 David Gilliland 52.184 Eliminated -0.284
36 34 Brett Moffitt # 52.193 Eliminated -0.009
37 23 J.J. Yeley (i) 52.329 Eliminated -0.136
38 98 Josh Wise 52.360 Eliminated -0.031
39 35 Cole Whitt 52.401 Eliminated -0.041
40 26 Jeb Burton # 52.748 Eliminated -0.347
41 83 Matt Dibenedetto # 53.116 Eliminated -0.368
42 32 Travis Kvapil 53.216 Eliminated -0.100
43 62 Brendan Gaughan (i) 0.000 Eliminated 53.216

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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