Sadly for Busch, any hopes that he might be able to repeat his clean sweep of all three national-level races at Bristol this week have already been dashed after he spun out in the mid-week Camping World Truck Series race
on Wednesday night after contact with Elliott Sadler. Busch initially hinted that Sadler may have spun him on purpose, as part of the continued hostilities between Busch at the Richard Childress Racing/Kevin Harvick Inc. stable, but Busch said on Friday that the incident had been smoothed over between them the following day.
"Just talked to Elliott. It's all good," Busch confirmed. "It's over, it's done with, it's in the past. We agreed on some things, so it was a delightful conversation."
For his part, Harvick - who wasn't running on Friday - said curtly that Kyle "keeps running his mouth, he might get it whipped off the track," suggesting fireworks when the two meet on track in the Cup race on Saturday night.
As it was, Friday's Nationwide race turned out to be a Cup-dominated affair, with no Nationwide Series regular getting to lead a single lap and the highest placed Nationwide driver (Aric Almirola) managing only fifth place. But two Cup drivers - David Reutimann and Kasey Kahne - had an early clash on lap 35 that spun Reutimann in turn 4 to bring out the first caution of the night. Both drivers were able to carry on, but they both finished two laps off the lead.
Earlier in the day, Kyle Busch had also topped qualifying with a lap time of 15.979s putting him 0.018s ahead of Logano, who shared the front row with him at the green flag.
Among the six drivers that failed to qualify for the 43-car grid was TJ Bell, who earlier was involved in a pit lane accident that saw him reverse the #50 over a crewman working underneath it. The mechanic - car chief Cory Howe - was airlifted to a nearby medical facility for treatment, but was confirmed to have suffered only minor injuries
Full race results, qualifying and practice