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Cup - Kentucky - Qualifying

Kyle Busch claimed pole position for Saturday night's Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, after a rain shower caused qualifying to be cancelled and grid positions were set by practice times.
Kyle Busch will start on pole position on Saturday night for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway, with Juan Montoya joining him on the front row to take the green flag, after rain interrupted the qualifying session and forced organisers to fall back on times set during the earlier practice period.

Almost half the cars had completed their qualifying runs when a shower brought proceedings to a halt. Brian Vickers and Mark Martin had been the provisional front row at this point but instead will start from 27th and 28th based on the practice times.

Kyle's practice time of 29.540s (182.803 mph) was the best of the day and he confirmed that the #18 had been good right from the off. "We had a really good car, we unloaded well—been fast much of the weekend," after also topping the second practice session on Thursday which was more to do with testing new fuel injection systems than routine Cup race practice.

Kyle had been hoping to set up a shot at a triple crown weekend, having already won the Truck Series race on Thursday evening, but a crash in Nationwide qualifying dented those hopes and meant he would start in a backup car from near the back of the field

The race is scheduled for Saturday night at 7.30pm ET, and organisers will be hoping that the weather proves less troublesome than it has today.

Qualifying order

The qualifying session was rained out, and qualifying order was accordingly set by the times achieved in the sole practice session. As a result, David Stremme, Michael Waltrip, TJ Bell, David Starr and Robby Gordon all failed to qualify for the 43-car field.

Waltrip was particularly disappointed, as his race car livery for his home race at Kentucky was in honour of his brother Darrell who was elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in June.

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota
2. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet
3. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge
4. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota
5. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford
8. #6 David Ragan Ford
9. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet
10. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet
11. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford
12. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet
13. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet
15. #20 Joey Logano Toyota
16. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota
17. #00 David Reutimann Toyota
18. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet
19. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet
20. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet
21. #16 Greg Biffle Ford
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet
23. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford
24. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota
25. #13 Casey Mears Toyota
26. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota
27. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota
28. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet
29. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet
30. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet
31. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota
32. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet
33. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota
34. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet
35. #34 David Gilliland Ford
36. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet
37. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford
38. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota
39. #71 Andy Lally* Ford
40. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet
41. #37 Tony Raines Ford
42. #32 Mike Bliss Ford
43. #7 Scott Wimmer Dodge

Did Not Qualify

44. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet
45. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota
46. #150 T.J. Bell* Toyota
47. #195 David Starr Ford
48. #177 Robby Gordon Dodge

* Denotes Rookie

Practice 4

The fourth practice was extended to 90 minutes from 1.30pm ET following further rainfall at the Speedway which required the track to be dried.

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 29.540s (Leader) 182.803 mph
2. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 29.589s (-0.049) 182.500 mph
3. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 29.614s (-0.074) 182.346 mph
4. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 29.623s (-0.083) 182.291 mph
5. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 29.624s (-0.084) 182.285 mph
6. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 29.693s (-0.153) 181.861 mph
7. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 29.699s (-0.159) 181.824 mph
8. #6 David Ragan Ford 29.720s (-0.180) 181.696 mph
9. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 29.739s (-0.199) 181.580 mph
10. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 29.742s (-0.202) 181.561 mph
11. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 29.751s (-0.211) 181.507 mph
12. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29.762s (-0.222) 181.439 mph
13. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 29.763s (-0.223) 181.433 mph
14. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 29.787s (-0.247) 181.287 mph
15. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 29.790s (-0.250) 181.269 mph
16. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 29.796s (-0.256) 181.232 mph
17. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 29.816s (-0.276) 181.111 mph
18. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 29.833s (-0.293) 181.008 mph
19. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 29.835s (-0.295) 180.995 mph
20. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 29.842s (-0.302) 180.953 mph
21. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 29.892s (-0.352) 180.650 mph
22. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 29.892s (-0.352) 180.650 mph
23. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 29.910s (-0.370) 180.542 mph
24. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 29.915s (-0.375) 180.511 mph
25. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 29.931s (-0.391) 180.415 mph
26. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 29.956s (-0.416) 180.264 mph
27. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 29.959s (-0.419) 180.246 mph
28. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 29.981s (-0.441) 180.114 mph
29. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 30.010s (-0.470) 179.940 mph
30. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 30.019s (-0.479) 179.886 mph
31. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 30.044s (-0.504) 179.736 mph
32. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 30.091s (-0.551) 179.456 mph
33. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 30.155s (-0.615) 179.075 mph
34. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 30.162s (-0.622) 179.033 mph
35. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 30.208s (-0.668) 178.761 mph
36. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 30.224s (-0.684) 178.666 mph
37. #34 David Gilliland Ford 30.224s (-0.684) 178.666 mph
38. #46 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 30.225s (-0.685) 178.660 mph
39. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 30.252s (-0.712) 178.501 mph
40. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 30.344s (-0.804) 177.959 mph
41. #150 T.J. Bell* Toyota 30.359s (-0.819) 177.871 mph
42. #195 David Starr Ford 30.418s (-0.878) 177.526 mph
43. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 30.429s (-0.889) 177.462 mph
44. #177 Robby Gordon Dodge 30.445s (-0.905) 177.369 mph
45. #181 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 30.602s (-1.062) 176.459 mph
46. #37 Tony Raines Ford 30.766s (-1.226) 175.518 mph
47. #32 Mike Bliss Ford 30.871s (-1.331) 174.921 mph
48. #7 Scott Wimmer Dodge 30.876s (-1.336) 174.893 mph

Practice 3

There was no practice 3 because of rainfall which left organisers working to dry the track again.



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