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Daytona: Cup qualifying

Kyle Busch will start this weekend's Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway from pole position, with his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Matt Kenseth alongside him on the front row.
Kyle Busch clinched pole position for Saturday evening's Coke Zero 400 with a lap of 46.458s (193.723mph), his third pole of 2013. It's Busch's first pole in 18 races at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, and his 13th pole in 311 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.

Before Busch's qualifying run, pole had been held by his Joe Gibbs Racing team mate Matt Kenseth, and his time - a tenth of a second off pole - remained good enough to see him start this weekend's race on the front row alongside Busch. Clint Bowyer qualified in third place for Michael Waltrip Racing, making it a Toyota 1-2-3 with Kasey Kahne the top Chevrolet qualifier in fourth place.

In practice on Thursday, 16 Sprint Cup cars including those of Busch, Kenseth and Bowyer were found to be using unapproved roof flap spacers. The parts were confiscated and the drivers and teams may face fines or points deductions when the post-race penalties are anounced next week.

The other drivers affected were Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Marco Ambrose, Denny Hamlin, Casey Mears, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Michael Waltrip, Martin Truex Jr. and Carl Edwards. 15 cars in the Nationwide Series were also found to have breached the same rules.

Qualifying times

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 46.458s (Pole) 193.723mph
2. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 46.560s (+ 0.102s) 193.299mph
3. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 46.594s (+ 0.136s) 193.158mph
4. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 46.595s (+ 0.137s) 193.154mph
5. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 46.601s (+ 0.143s) 193.129mph
6. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 46.614s (+ 0.156s) 193.075mph
7. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 46.618s (+ 0.160s) 193.058mph
8. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 46.630s (+ 0.172s) 193.009mph
9. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 46.636s (+ 0.178s) 192.984mph
10. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.645s (+ 0.187s) 192.947mph
11. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 46.649s (+ 0.191s) 192.930mph
12. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 46.656s (+ 0.198s) 192.901mph
13. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 46.662s (+ 0.204s) 192.876mph
14. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 46.665s (+ 0.207s) 192.864mph
15. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 46.680s (+ 0.222s) 192.802mph
16. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 46.681s (+ 0.223s) 192.798mph
17. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 46.699s (+ 0.241s) 192.724mph
18. #22 Joey Logano Ford 46.701s (+ 0.243s) 192.715mph
19. #13 Casey Mears Ford 46.701s (+ 0.243s) 192.715mph
20. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.733s (+ 0.275s) 192.583mph
21. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 46.748s (+ 0.290s) 192.522mph
22. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 46.756s (+ 0.298s) 192.489mph
23. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 46.766s (+ 0.308s) 192.448mph
24. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 46.768s (+ 0.310s) 192.439mph
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 46.827s (+ 0.369s) 192.197mph
26. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 46.838s (+ 0.380s) 192.152mph
27. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 46.905s (+ 0.447s) 191.877mph
28. #38 David Gilliland Ford 46.935s (+ 0.477s) 191.755mph
29. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 46.986s (+ 0.528s) 191.546mph
30. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 47.045s (+ 0.587s) 191.306mph
31. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 47.171s (+ 0.713s) 190.795mph
32. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 47.186s (+ 0.728s) 190.735mph
33. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 47.188s (+ 0.730s) 190.726mph
34. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 47.275s (+ 0.817s) 190.375mph
35. #30 David Stremme Toyota 47.318s (+ 0.860s) 190.202mph
36. #95 Scott Speed Ford 47.405s (+ 0.947s) 189.853mph
37. #35 Josh Wise Ford 47.412s (+ 0.954s) 189.825mph
38. #34 David Ragan Ford 47.419s (+ 0.961s) 189.797mph
39. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 47.460s (+ 1.002s) 189.633mph
40. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 47.620s (+ 1.162s) 188.996mph
41. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 47.687s (+ 1.229s) 188.731mph
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 47.689s (+ 1.231s) 188.723mph
43. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 47.840s (+ 1.382s) 188.127mph

Practice 2 times

1. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 45.561s (Leader) 197.537mph (11 laps)
2. #34 David Ragan Ford 45.583s (-0.022s) 197.442mph (10 laps)
3. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 45.599s (-0.038s) 197.373mph (9 laps)
4. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.605s (-0.044s) 197.347mph (18 laps)
5. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 45.750s (-0.189s) 196.721mph (10 laps)
6. #38 David Gilliland Ford 45.924s (-0.363s) 195.976mph (6 laps)
7. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.926s (-0.365s) 195.967mph (9 laps)
8. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 45.937s (-0.376s) 195.920mph (12 laps)
9. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.953s (-0.392s) 195.852mph (15 laps)
10. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 46.036s (-0.475s) 195.499mph (17 laps)
11. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 46.196s (-0.635s) 194.822mph (13 laps)
12. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 46.828s (-1.267s) 192.193mph (10 laps)
13. #22 Joey Logano Ford 46.880s (-1.319s) 191.980mph (2 laps)
14. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 46.898s (-1.337s) 191.906mph (2 laps)
15. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 46.996s (-1.435s) 191.506mph (12 laps)
16. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 47.299s (-1.738s) 190.279mph (19 laps)
17. #35 Josh Wise Ford 47.755s (-2.194s) 188.462mph (5 laps)

Practice 1 times

1. #51 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 44.951s (Leader) 200.218mph (22 laps)
2. #15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 44.952s (-0.001s) 200.214mph (10 laps)
3. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 45.038s (-0.087s) 199.831mph (21 laps)
4. #42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet 45.066s (-0.115s) 199.707mph (15 laps)
5. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 45.148s (-0.197s) 199.344mph (22 laps)
6. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 45.180s (-0.229s) 199.203mph (21 laps)
7. #10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 45.201s (-0.250s) 199.111mph (26 laps)
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 45.258s (-0.307s) 198.860mph (11 laps)
9. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 45.290s (-0.339s) 198.719mph (17 laps)
10. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 45.309s (-0.358s) 198.636mph (30 laps)
11. #20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 45.325s (-0.374s) 198.566mph (25 laps)
12. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 45.329s (-0.378s) 198.548mph (22 laps)
13. #2 Brad Keselowski Ford 45.333s (-0.382s) 198.531mph (33 laps)
14. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 45.340s (-0.389s) 198.500mph (29 laps)
15. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 45.361s (-0.410s) 198.408mph (23 laps)
16. #30 David Stremme Toyota 45.367s (-0.416s) 198.382mph (23 laps)
17. #38 David Gilliland Ford 45.389s (-0.438s) 198.286mph (6 laps)
18. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 45.415s (-0.464s) 198.172mph (22 laps)
19. #78 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 45.416s (-0.465s) 198.168mph (12 laps)
20. #5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 45.421s (-0.470s) 198.146mph (25 laps)
21. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 45.454s (-0.503s) 198.002mph (12 laps)
22. #93 Travis Kvapil Toyota 45.459s (-0.508s) 197.981mph (22 laps)
23. #17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 45.461s (-0.510s) 197.972mph (28 laps)
24. #13 Casey Mears Ford 45.476s (-0.525s) 197.907mph (17 laps)
25. #34 David Ragan Ford 45.477s (-0.526s) 197.902mph (9 laps)
26. #22 Joey Logano Ford 45.479s (-0.528s) 197.894mph (28 laps)
27. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 45.479s (-0.528s) 197.894mph (16 laps)
28. #83 David Reutimann Toyota 45.480s (-0.529s) 197.889mph (27 laps)
29. #43 Aric Almirola Ford 45.540s (-0.589s) 197.628mph (29 laps)
30. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 45.556s (-0.605s) 197.559mph (24 laps)
31. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 45.575s (-0.624s) 197.477mph (27 laps)
32. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 45.627s (-0.676s) 197.252mph (25 laps)
33. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 45.658s (-0.707s) 197.118mph (22 laps)
34. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 45.700s (-0.749s) 196.937mph (10 laps)
35. #35 Josh Wise Ford 46.076s (-1.125s) 195.329mph (17 laps)
36. #55 Michael Waltrip Toyota 47.010s (-2.059s) 191.449mph (14 laps)
37. #98 Michael McDowell Ford 47.267s (-2.316s) 190.408mph (2 laps)
38. #7 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 47.318s (-2.367s) 190.202mph (9 laps)
39. #95 Scott Speed Ford 47.561s (-2.610s) 189.231mph (10 laps)
40. #36 JJ Yeley Chevrolet 47.721s (-2.770s) 188.596mph (11 laps)
41. #33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 47.727s (-2.776s) 188.573mph (8 laps)
42. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 47.889s (-2.938s) 187.935mph (3 laps)
43. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 47.993s (-3.042s) 187.527mph (10 laps)



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