Kyle Busch wins the Sprint Cup pole at Phoenix International

Kyle Busch

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
1 18 Kyle Busch 26.288 26.087 26.014 Leader
2 19 Carl Edwards 26.363 26.093 26.179 -0.165
3 11 Denny Hamlin 26.331 26.079 26.196 -0.017
4 41 Kurt Busch 26.175 26.146 26.202 -0.006
5 48 Jimmie Johnson 26.249 26.218 26.244 -0.042
6 20 Matt Kenseth 26.405 26.124 26.244 0.000
7 42 Kyle Larson 26.327 26.203 26.271 -0.027
8 78 Martin Truex Jr. 26.231 26.221 26.290 -0.019
9 22 Joey Logano 26.290 26.114 26.321 -0.031
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 26.304 26.223 26.325 -0.004
11 1 Jamie McMurray 26.423 26.218 26.363 -0.038
12 21 Ryan Blaney # 26.252 26.223 26.411 -0.048
13 16 Greg Biffle 26.395 26.230 Eliminated -0.007
14 43 Aric Almirola 26.408 26.236 Eliminated -0.006
15 3 Austin Dillon 26.387 26.260 Eliminated -0.024
16 27 Paul Menard 26.324 26.272 Eliminated -0.012
17 24 Chase Elliott # 26.594 26.283 Eliminated -0.011
18 4 Kevin Harvick 26.383 26.298 Eliminated -0.015
19 2 Brad Keselowski 26.304 26.306 Eliminated -0.008
20 31 Ryan Newman 26.683 26.359 Eliminated -0.053
21 6 Trevor Bayne 26.405 26.373 Eliminated -0.014
22 47 AJ Allmendinger 27.089 26.376 Eliminated -0.003
23 83 Matt Dibenedetto 26.391 26.394 Eliminated -0.018
24 5 Kasey Kahne 26.241 0.000 Eliminated 26.394
25 13 Casey Mears 26.485 Eliminated -0.244
26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr 27.109 Eliminated -0.624
27 38 Landon Cassill 26.852 Eliminated 0.257
28 14 Ty Dillon (i) 26.561 Eliminated 0.291
29 23 David Ragan 26.589 Eliminated -0.028
30 44 Brian Scott # 26.932 Eliminated -0.343
31 7 Regan Smith 26.428 Eliminated 0.504
32 34 Chris Bueshcher # 26.780 Eliminated -0.352
33 95 Michael McDowell 27.115 Eliminated -0.335
34 98 Cole Whitt 27.161 Eliminated -0.046
35 15 Clint Bowyer 26.563 Eliminated 0.598
36 10 Danica Patrick 26.451 Eliminated 0.112
37 30 Josh Wise 26.626 Eliminated -0.175
38 46 Michael Annett 27.053 Eliminated -0.427
39 32 Joey Gase (i) 26.763 Eliminated -0.290

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

 

 

 

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