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Bristol - Cup qualifying

15 March 2013

Kyle Busch got his first pole position of the year with a new track record at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon. His lap of 14.813s (129.535mph) was six hundredths of a second ahead of Hendrick Motorsports' Kasey Kahne, who will share the front row with the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.

It's Busch's 11th pole in 297 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, and his first in 17 starts at Bristol. In fact, he's never started higher than ninth place here despite having captured five wins on the half-mile concrete oval.

Busch's team mate Denny Hamlin will start from third, alongside the third Toyota driver in the top four, Michael Waltrip Racing's Brian Vickers.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start from the back after suffering an engine failure in practice. The only car not to qualify for the 43-car grid was Scott Riggs.

Qualifying times

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 14.813s (Pole) 129.535mph
2. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 14.875s (+ 0.062s) 128.995mph
3. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 14.879s (+ 0.066s) 128.960mph
4. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 14.929s (+ 0.116s) 128.528mph
5. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 14.949s (+ 0.136s) 128.356mph
6. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 14.957s (+ 0.144s) 128.288mph
7. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 14.966s (+ 0.153s) 128.211mph
8. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 14.990s (+ 0.177s) 128.005mph
9. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 14.997s (+ 0.184s) 127.946mph
10. #22 Joey Logano Ford 15.005s (+ 0.192s) 127.877mph
11. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 15.006s (+ 0.193s) 127.869mph
12. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 15.008s (+ 0.195s) 127.852mph
13. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 15.010s (+ 0.197s) 127.835mph
14. #38 David Gilliland Ford 15.015s (+ 0.202s) 127.792mph
15. #13 Casey Mears Ford 15.039s (+ 0.226s) 127.588mph
16. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 15.048s (+ 0.235s) 127.512mph
17. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 15.053s (+ 0.240s) 127.470mph
18. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 15.055s (+ 0.242s) 127.453mph
19. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 15.062s (+ 0.249s) 127.393mph
20. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 15.064s (+ 0.251s) 127.377mph
21. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 15.066s (+ 0.253s) 127.360mph
22. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 15.066s (+ 0.253s) 127.360mph
23. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 15.073s (+ 0.260s) 127.300mph
24. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 15.078s (+ 0.265s) 127.258mph
25. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 15.093s (+ 0.280s) 127.132mph
26. #30 David Stremme Toyota 15.157s (+ 0.344s) 126.595mph
27. #95 Scott Speed Ford 15.159s (+ 0.346s) 126.578mph
28. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 15.165s (+ 0.352s) 126.528mph
29. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 15.178s (+ 0.365s) 126.420mph
30. #34 David Ragan Ford 15.180s (+ 0.367s) 126.403mph
31. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15.200s (+ 0.387s) 126.237mph
32. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 15.235s (+ 0.422s) 125.947mph
33. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 15.247s (+ 0.434s) 125.848mph
34. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 15.260s (+ 0.447s) 125.740mph
35. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 15.261s (+ 0.448s) 125.732mph
36. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 15.264s (+ 0.451s) 125.708mph
37. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 15.333s (+ 0.520s) 125.142mph
38. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 15.363s (+ 0.550s) 124.897mph
39. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 15.382s (+ 0.569s) 124.743mph
40. #35 Josh Wise Ford 15.386s (+ 0.573s) 124.711mph
41. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 15.395s (+ 0.582s) 124.638mph
42. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 15.427s (+ 0.614s) 124.379mph
43. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 15.560s (+ 0.747s) 123.316mph

Did not qualify

#44 Scott Riggs Ford 15.418s (+ 0.605s) 124.452mph

Practice 1 times

1. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 14.869s (Leader) 129.047mph (63 laps)
2. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 14.885s (-0.016s) 128.908mph (53 laps)
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 14.886s (-0.017s) 128.900mph (26 laps)
4. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 14.942s (-0.073s) 128.417mph (46 laps)
5. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 14.952s (-0.083s) 128.331mph (61 laps)
6. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 14.968s (-0.099s) 128.193mph (33 laps)
7. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 14.978s (-0.109s) 128.108mph (42 laps)
8. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 14.997s (-0.128s) 127.946mph (38 laps)
9. #55 Brian Vickers Toyota 14.999s (-0.130s) 127.929mph (37 laps)
10. #22 Joey Logano Ford 15.004s (-0.135s) 127.886mph (56 laps)
11. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 15.006s (-0.137s) 127.869mph (39 laps)
12. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 15.009s (-0.140s) 127.843mph (49 laps)
13. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 15.034s (-0.165s) 127.631mph (56 laps)
14. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 15.037s (-0.168s) 127.605mph (42 laps)
15. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 15.037s (-0.168s) 127.605mph (36 laps)
16. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 15.038s (-0.169s) 127.597mph (40 laps)
17. #13 Casey Mears Ford 15.044s (-0.175s) 127.546mph (37 laps)
18. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 15.055s (-0.186s) 127.453mph (42 laps)
19. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 15.061s (-0.192s) 127.402mph (38 laps)
20. #38 David Gilliland Ford 15.063s (-0.194s) 127.385mph (37 laps)
21. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 15.089s (-0.220s) 127.165mph (36 laps)
22. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 15.098s (-0.229s) 127.090mph (41 laps)
23. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 15.117s (-0.248s) 126.930mph (41 laps)
24. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 15.123s (-0.254s) 126.880mph (27 laps)
25. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 15.127s (-0.258s) 126.846mph (31 laps)
26. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 15.138s (-0.269s) 126.754mph (34 laps)
27. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 15.172s (-0.303s) 126.470mph (44 laps)
28. #30 David Stremme Toyota 15.175s (-0.306s) 126.445mph (31 laps)
29. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 15.189s (-0.320s) 126.328mph (45 laps)
30. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 15.249s (-0.380s) 125.831mph (22 laps)
31. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 15.270s (-0.401s) 125.658mph (55 laps)
32. #34 David Ragan Ford 15.283s (-0.414s) 125.551mph (60 laps)
33. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 15.290s (-0.421s) 125.494mph (34 laps)
34. #19 Mike Bliss Toyota 15.298s (-0.429s) 125.428mph (21 laps)
35. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 15.300s (-0.431s) 125.412mph (15 laps)
36. #95 Scott Speed Ford 15.313s (-0.444s) 125.305mph (11 laps)
37. #44 Scott Riggs Ford 15.320s (-0.451s) 125.248mph (21 laps)
38. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 15.329s (-0.460s) 125.175mph (34 laps)
39. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 15.341s (-0.472s) 125.077mph (13 laps)
40. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 15.374s (-0.505s) 124.808mph (21 laps)
41. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 15.433s (-0.564s) 124.331mph (24 laps)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 15.497s (-0.628s) 123.818mph (19 laps)
43. #35 Josh Wise Ford 15.519s (-0.650s) 123.642mph (19 laps)
44. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 15.600s (-0.731s) 123.000mph (31 laps)


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