After a long and stressfull 2012 campaign, Kyle Busch is looking to get back on track prior to the start of the 1013 season and has done so by setting a new track record to grab the pole for the Advocare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kyle Busch recorded a lap of 25.943 seconds at 138.766 miles per hour Friday evening. That lap gave him the pole position for today’s Advocare 500 and also earned him the rights of holding the new Phoenix International Raceway qualifying track record.
“We were fast when we unloaded,” said Busch. “The guys gave me a great (car). It’s just a matter of keeping it going. We’ve got to have two solid practices (Saturday).
Busch certainly made it look easy, but his teammate Denny Hamlin says this new configuration at Phoenix can be treacherous.
His brother, Kurt Busch, after a season of struggles has found himself starting up front again in his new Furniture Row Racing Chevy. He qualified just outside of the top 5 in sixth.
The rest of the top five following Ky. Busch is as follows: Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, and Aric Almirola.
Other noticeable qualifying runs were Regan Smith who returned to the track. This time in Kurt Busch’s old ride at Phoenix Raceway. Smith qualified the car for an eighth place starting position.
Championship points leader Jimmie Johnson sought his third consecutive pole, but fell way short of that glory. He will start twenty-fourth. His championship threat, Brad Keselowski, qualified ten positions better in fourteenth.
The only DNQ for this week was JJ Yeley.