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|
|3||78||Martin Truex Jr.||50.873||50.912||50.698||-0.008|
|Eliminated From Round 2|
|17||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||51.429||51.224||Eliminated||-0.057|
|20||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||51.044||51.778||Eliminated||-0.300|
|24||9||Sam Hornish Jr.||51.432||51.273||Eliminated||0.033|
|Eliminated From Round 1|
|29||33||Ty Dillon (i)||51.630||Eliminated||-0.099|
|32||40||Landon Cassill (i)||51.762||Eliminated||0.000|
|36||34||Brett Moffitt #||52.193||Eliminated||-0.009|
|37||23||J.J. Yeley (i)||52.329||Eliminated||-0.136|
|40||26||Jeb Burton #||52.748||Eliminated||-0.347|
|41||83||Matt Dibenedetto #||53.116||Eliminated||-0.368|
|43||62||Brendan Gaughan (i)||0.000||Eliminated||53.216|
# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series