SPARTA, Ky. — When Kyle Busch comes into the NASCAR XFINITY Series, it’s no surprise the No. 18 NOS Toyota Camry starts up front.
The same can be said Friday afternoon as Busch turned the fastest lap of the day at Kentucky Speedway at 29.681 seconds (181.695 mph) for his 61st career XFINITY pole.
The 32-year-old driver has started from pole position in four of his five series starts in 2017 and Friday’s final round spelled bad news for the rest of the field.
“I learned you got to be an animal,” Busch said. “It was a great part on the guys at Joe Gibbs Racing, they’re doing a fantastic job so it’s really cool to get this Rowdy NOS paint scheme on the pole this week. Hopefully, we can have a good show for tonight. I feel like our car’s been pretty good, it’s had some pretty good speed. We typically have good race speed here as well too but we also know there’s a couple other guys that have some also.”
“All in all, just glad I could finally hit my marks the right way there the that last segment and be able to take the pole home. Hopefully , we can win this thing tonight.”
Erik Jones (181.635 mph) starts alongside Busch for an all-Joe Gibbs Racing front row. Jones led the first two rounds until Busch nipped him by almost a half-second for the top spot.
Right behind the Gibbs guys in row 2 is Team Penske teammates Ryan Blaney (third) and Joey Logano (fourth). Blaney returns behind the wheel of the No. 12 Snap-On Ford for the first time since winning at Charlotte in May. Logano also has a win in the 12 car, but none yet for the main No. 22 XFINITY team.
William Byron, the hottest driver on the XFINITY circuit, qualified fifth in his first series start at Kentucky and had a moment coming off Turn 2 in round one. Byron brushed the wall with the right-rear of his car but was able to avoid any further damage and get back out to complete the session.
Another young driver in Tyler Reddick starts next to the most recent series winner with chip Ganassi Racing teammate Brennan Poole behind the No. 42 Chevrolet in seventh.
The session saw a few drivers spin out in round one of Coors Light Pole Qualifying. Both Quin Houff and Brandon Brown damaged their racecars in different wrecks and were two of three drivers not making the race, with Morgan Shephed being the other.
The green flag for Friday night’s Alsco 300 drops shortly after 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN, PRN).