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MENCS: Kyle Busch Earns AAA 400 Pole


DOVER, Del. — In a vote of confidence for a Joe Gibbs Racing team that has yet to find victory lane in 2017, Kyle Bucsh, driver of the No. 18 JGR entry, will start Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism from the pole.

“To sit on the pole here means a little bit for us – it gives us a really good pit selection for Sunday and, more importantly, just gives us the track position right off the bat,” said Busch, who won his first Coors Light Pole Award of the season, his first at Dover and the 20th of his career with a lap of 22.648 seconds.

Martin Truex Jr. and Daniel Suarez talk to the media after Friday’s AAA 400 qualifying. Photo: Jacob Mullins/Rubbings Racing

It’ll be a Toyota front row as Martin Truex Jr. will roll of second after laying down a lap time of 22.659.

“Yeah, I screwed up a little bit that first round and got loose going into (Turn 2) and aborted, and then we had to make a re-run,” Truex said. “Maybe cost us half a tenth eventually on our tires, but I don’t think it really did anything. So all in all it was good. Just trying to get it all out the last round.

“You’ve got be aggressive. You’ve got to charge and I just overcharged the entry to (Turn) 3 just a hair and lost a little time there, but all in all it was a good day for the Furniture Row Toyota.”

The second row will be comprised of JGR teammate Daniel Suarez and Matt Kenseth in third and fourth, respectively.

After leading the only practice on Friday, Kyle Larson will toll off the starting grid in fifth. His lap time of 22.759 followed by Kurt Busch in sixth.

Last week’s Coca-Cola race winner Austin Dillon qualified ninth while Dale Earnhardt Jr. nailed down the 11th starting spot.

Jimmie Johnson, winner of 11 races at the Monster Mile, failed to make the final round of knock-out qualifying and will start 14th.

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About Jacob Mullins

Jacob Mullins serves as the managing editor and senior NASCAR writer covering all three national touring series's. You can find him on on Twitter at @JMulls15. An intercollegiate athletic administrator by trade, Mullins can be found at the big tracks as well as the local short tracks in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Mullins enjoys social media, photography and graphic design. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Mullins follows all forms of racing, Major League Baseball (Baltimore Orioles) and college football (Virginia Tech Hokies).

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