CUP: Everything’s Great! Kyle Busch Snaps Drought With Dover Pole

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Kyle Busch celebrates winning the pole for Sunday’s AAA 400 with son Brexton on Friday at Dover Int’l Speedway. (Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR photo)

DOVER, Del. — Everything really was great on Friday for Kyle Busch, who stepped up to the plate in the final round of Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Dover Int’l Speedway.

Busch scored his first pole of the season by running a time of 22.648 seconds (158.954 mph) around the one-mile concrete oval, securing the top spot for Sunday’s race as a result.

The 2015 Cup champion led both rounds two and three, posting a slightly faster lap of 22.554 seconds (159.617 mph) on his second run before going on to win the pole.

Friday marked the 20th pole of Busch’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career and first at the Monster Mile.

“This feels really good,” said Busch, who won the last time he started on the pole, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last fall. “It feels great to beat that (No.) 78 (of Truex). Those guys are really on it lately.”

“Overall, I couldn’t be more excited about this Pedigree Camry; to sit on the pole here gives us a really good pit selection … as well as the track position right off the bat. We know Martin’s going to be fast — they always are — but we’ll keep working tomorrow in practice, hopefully get a good race setup underneath us and be able to stay up front from there.”

Martin Truex Jr. missed Busch’s quick mark by .011 seconds in his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota, tying brother Ryan, who qualified second for Friday’s Truck race.

Truex won the most recent Cup race held at Dover, scoring his second Monster Mile victory during the playoffs last fall, but had a bobble in round one that caused him to have an extra lap on his tires during the money run.

“I’m gonna blame it on that,” Truex joked after missing the pole by 11 one-thousandths of a second. “All in all, though, it was a good day for our Furniture Row Toyota. We had a really good Turns 1 and 2 that last round, and then the driver overcharged 3 … got a little bit tight in the center and probably lost some time there. We had a good recovery, and hopefully we’ll have a good car for Sunday.”

Toyotas swept the top four starting positions, with rookie Daniel Suarez and 2003 Cup champion Matt Kenseth lining up on row two behind Busch and Truex.

Practice leader Kyle Larson led round one, but only mustered the fifth-fastest lap in the final round.

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