Kyle Busch wins Coors Light Pole Award at Phoenix

Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award
Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award

Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award on Friday and will lead the field to green for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series Good Sam 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

This is the Joe Gibbs Racing driver's first pole win of the season and his third at the Arizona track.

JGR locked up the top three starting spots when teammate Carl Edwards qualified second and will start next to the No. 18 Toyota on the front row on Sunday. Denny Hamlin qualified third.

Kurt Busch, who led the series' opening practice Friday, qualified fourth.

Six-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson drilled the wall in the closing seconds of the third round of qualifying, bringing out the second red flag of the session. Johnson had run a lap at 137.174 mph and qualified fifth.

Previous Phoenix winner Kasey Kahne brought out the first red flag in the opening round of qualifying after his No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet started smoking. Right before that happened, Ty Dillon got his No. 14 Chevrolet into the wall. Dillon is acting as interim driver for Tony Stewart this week as Stewart is still out due to injury. Neither Kahne nor Dillon advanced to the second round of qualifying.

Defending race winner Kevin Harvick qualified 18th. The 2014 Sprint Cup Series champion has earned seven wins at Phoenix.

The Sprint Cup Series returns to the track tomorrow for practice at 10:30 a.m. ET (FS1).

Lineup

Pos. Car # Driver Manufacturer Sponsor Speed Time Behind
1 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Skittles 138.387 26.014 Leader
2 19 Carl Edwards Toyota Stanley 137.515 26.179 0.165
3 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 137.426 26.196 0.182
4 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet Monster Energy / Haas Automation 137.394 26.202 0.188
5 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet LOWE'S PRO SERVICES 137.174 26.244 0.23
6 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota Dollar General 137.174 26.244 0.23
7 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet Target 137.033 26.271 0.257
8 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats 136.934 26.29 0.276
9 22 Joey Logano Ford Pennzoil 136.773 26.321 0.307
10 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford Fastenal Ford Fusion 136.752 26.325 0.311
11 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 136.555 26.363 0.349
12 21 Ryan Blaney Ford Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire + Auto Center 136.307 26.411 0.397
13 16 Greg Biffle Ford Cheez-It Ford Fusion 137.247 26.23 0.216
14 43 Aric Almirola Ford Smithfield 137.216 26.236 0.222
15 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Dow 137.091 26.26 0.246
16 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Richmond/Menards 137.028 26.272 0.258
17 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet NAPA Auto Parts 136.971 26.283 0.269
18 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's 136.893 26.298 0.284
19 2 Brad Keselowski Ford Alliance Truck Parts 136.851 26.306 0.292
20 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Grainger 136.576 26.359 0.345
21 6 Trevor Bayne Ford Advocare Ford Fusion 136.503 26.373 0.359
22 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet Fry's / Scott Products 136.488 26.376 0.362
23 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Schluter Systems Toyota 136.395 26.394 0.38
24 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 137.19 26.241 0.227
25 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet GEICO 135.537 26.561 0.547
26 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet Axalta 135.527 26.563 0.549
27 38 Landon Cassill Ford Snap Fitness 135.394 26.589 0.575
28 14 Ty Dillon Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats 135.369 26.594 0.58
29 23 David Ragan Toyota Dr. Pepper 135.206 26.626 0.612
30 44 Brian Scott Ford Albertsons Co / White Tail 134.917 26.683 0.669
31 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet APC Chevrolet 134.514 26.763 0.749
32 34 Chris Buescher Ford Dockside Logistics 134.429 26.78 0.766
33 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet Thrivent Financial 134.068 26.852 0.838
34 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet TBA 133.67 26.932 0.918
35 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 133.072 27.053 1.039
36 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet Nature's Bakery 132.895 27.089 1.075
37 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 132.797 27.109 1.095
38 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet Pilot Flying J 132.768 27.115 1.101
39 32 Joey Gase Ford Donate Life America 132.543 27.161 1.147

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