Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) took the top-3 starting positions for Sunday’s 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Good Sam 500(k) at Phoenix International Raceway, with Kyle Busch and a qualifying lap speed of 138.387 MPH, capturing the top spot on Friday.
This was Busch’s first series pole and second top-10 start of the season, his 18th series career pole in 394 races and his third series pole in 22 races at Phoenix International Raceway.
Busch’s teammates, Carl Edwards (137.515 MPH) and Denny Hamlin (137.426 MPH) will start second and third respectively, while older brother Kurt Busch (137.394) starts fourth, and Jimmie Johnson (137.174 – wrecked during the third round of qualifying, and he will go to a back-up car for Sunday’s race, and start at the rear of the field.) qualified in fifth.
Posting the identical lap speed (137.174 MPH) as Jimmie Johnson and starting from sixth is Matt Kenseth, and they’ll be followed by Kyle Larson (137.033) starting seventh, Martin Truex Jr. (136.934) eighth, Joey Logano (136.773) ninth and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (136.752) rounds out the top-10.
Once again, and for the third consecutive weekend, only 39 drivers attempted to fill the 40-car field; therefore, there was no one failing to make the starting lineup.
On Saturday, the teams return to the track for two more practices sessions beginning with a morning session from 10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1, and then their “Happy Hour” (final) practice from 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
The 12th annual Good Sam 500(k) is scheduled to get underway around 3:50 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon, and FOX will provide television coverage of the event.
|Good Sam 500 Qualifying Results|
|Pos.||Car #||Driver||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Gap|
|8||78||Martin Truex Jr.||26.231||26.221||26.290||-0.019|
|10||17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||26.304||26.223||26.325||-0.004|
|12||21||Ryan Blaney #||26.252||26.223||26.411||-0.048|
|17||24||Chase Elliott #||26.594||26.283||Eliminated||-0.011|
|26||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr||27.109||Eliminated||-0.624|
|28||14||Ty Dillon (i)||26.561||Eliminated||0.291|
|30||44||Brian Scott #||26.932||Eliminated||-0.343|
|32||34||Chris Bueshcher #||26.780||Eliminated||-0.352|
|39||32||Joey Gase (i)||26.763||Eliminated||-0.290|
# – Rookie
(i) Ineligible for Driver Points in this Series