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MENCS: Martin Truex Jr. Edges Kyle Busch for Apache Warrior Pole

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DOVER, Del. – The only two drivers that have won in the Round of 16 during the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR cup Series, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch, will start 1-2 at Dover International Speedway Sunday in the Apache Warrior 400.

Truex Jr. covered the 1-mile track in Delaware in 22.407 seconds at 160.664 MPH in the final round of knock-out qualifying earning his second pole of 2017 and third pole of his career at his home track.

“We just kind of chased it a little bit — chased the balance — and I thought we were pretty close at the end of practice,” Truex noted. “We hit it pretty close for Round 1 (of qualifying) and tweaked on it a little from there.”

Photo taken during practice for the MENCS Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. ©Jacob Mullins

“We put together a decent lap for Round 1, and the guys did an awesome job all day. So, really proud of them, and I’m looking forward to getting some more bonus points.”

Busch, who has started P1 the first two races of the playoffs, maneuvered the track in 22.445 at 160.392 MPH to earn the front-row starting position.

“It was a good run for us,” noted Busch. “I thought the first two rounds, obviously, we showed really good speed — probably used up a little too much tire in Round 2, and I just wasn’t able to follow through in that third round and get a quick enough time to hold off Martin.”

Kyle Larson qualifying third followed by Matt Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez in fifth. Suarez was the highest qualifying non-playoff driver.

Denny Hamlin, another playoff driver was sixth, while fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start seventh. This is Earnhardt’s his first single-digit qualifying effort since winning the pole at Daytona in July.

Eleven-time Dover winner Jimmie Johnson qualified 17th.

The Apache Warrior  400 from Dover International Speedway will get underway Sunday at 1:00 pm.

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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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