Credit: 283853Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, poses in Victory Lane after setting the track record after qualifying for the pole position the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 15, 2013 in Bristol, Tennessee.

Food City 500: Kyle Busch Sets New Bristol Track Record

Kyle Busch has been predicted by many to be a serious contender for this years Sprint Cup Series championship. While he has had a few engine troubles, those days seem to be behind them at Joe Gibbs Racing.

Busch will start from the pole position in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He set a new track record at 129.535 miles per hour with a lap time of 14.813 seconds. He shattered the previous record set by Ryan Newman which was 128.709 miles per hour.

“We never really worried too much about qualifying runs,” Busch said. “But this new car, I like driving it because you can drive it a lot more like the older car we had years ago where you can abuse it a little bit and try to drive a little bit harder. The old car was about being smooth and precise. This one, you can make more speed by trying a little harder.”

Rounding out the top ten starters for Sunday’s race is Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Brian Vickers, Paul Menard, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., and Joey Logano.

Danica Patrick, NASCAR’s hot topic, will start forty-first. She had to take a provisional via owner points to make the race.

Scott Riggs was the only driver who failed to qualify, he and his team will head back to the shop to find more speed.

To see the full starting lineup for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, click here!

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