Kyle Busch Drives To Cup Pole At Bristol


The 0.533-mile, high-banked oval has been hosting NASCAR races since 1961. The track was resurfaced after that race and, from 2008 to 2011, nobody has been better at the concrete short track than Busch.

SHORT TRACK SUCCESS: The Cup Series completes its early spring short track trio of races with Bristol this weekend and Richmond Raceway next weekend.

What will happen this year?

Last year, this race was run on Monday because of rain. Kyle Larson and Matt Kenseth had issues that caused them to finish in the 40s.

HARVICK STARTS IN BACK: Kevin Harvick has won three Cup Series races already this year, but it won't be easy to win a fourth at Bristol starting at the back of the field. The driver with the best chance to beat him was Matt Kenseth, who led 142 laps but finished 36th after tire issues caused him to hit the wall and fall out of contention.

Another Bristol race and another driver in contention wrecking out: Kyle Busch led 256 laps, but a spin plus contact led to him finishing 39th.

Kurt Busch, driving the No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, had a fast lap at 128.804 miles per hour, just.002 seconds behind his younger brother's time. The balance of the top 12 qualifiers were: Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard, Alex Bowman, Michael McDowell, Joey Logano, and Daniel Suarez.

Jimmie Johnson is the defending race victor and will start at the rear of the field.

FINAL PRACTICE: David Ragan had the fastest lap in the final practice Saturday, while Chase Elliott was second fastest and Denny Hamlin third.