Kyle Busch Scores XFINITY Pole at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. — Kyle Busch will lead the field to the green flag in tonight’s race in the Bluegrass State.

The driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota earned the pole for the Alsco 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a new track record time of 28.828 and a speed of 187.318 mph. It’s his 52nd career pole in 320 career starts in the XFINITY Series, first at Kentucky, fourth of the season and his ninth top-10 start of the season.

Daniel Suárez will start second in his No. 19 JGR Toyota after posting a time of 28.831 and a speed of 187.298 mph. It’s his 16th top-10 start of the season and third in three starts at Kentucky. Erik Jones will start third in his No. 20 JGR Toyota after posting a time of 28.967 and a speed of 186.419 mph. It’s his 16th top-10 start of the season and third at Kentucky. Austin Dillon will start fourth in his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet after posting a time of 29.085 and a speed of 185.663 mph. Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-10 in his No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet after posting a time of 29.100 and a speed of 185.567 mph.

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Ryan Blaney will start sixth in his No. 12 Team Penske Ford. Ryan Reed will start seventh in his No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Cole Custer will start eighth in his No. 88 JR Motorsports Chevrolet. Blake Koch will start ninth in his No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet. Brad Keselowski will round out the top-10 in his No. 22 Team Penske Ford.

Darrell Wallace Jr. will start 11th in his No. 6 RFR Ford. Ryan Sieg will round out the 12 drivers that made the final round of qualifying in his No. 39 RSS Racing Chevrolet.

No cars were sent home.

Twenty-four Chevrolet’s, one Dodge, seven Ford’s and eight Toyota’s will comprise the field of 40 cars in Friday’s race.

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My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.

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