Kurt Busch wins pole in Texas

Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch took home the Coors Light Pole Award at Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, FOX).

Busch's speed of 193.847 mph in the final round of qualifying led him to the pole position for the first night race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The pole was the second of the season for Busch and the 18th of his career.

Joining Busch on the front row, will be his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick. The defending Sprint Cup champion was second on the speed charts in the last of the three-round group qualifying session at the 1.5-mile track after topping the board in the second round.

Row 2 will be comprised of Brad Keselowski and Kasey Kahne, while Row 3 will be made up of Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. just missed advancing to the second round of group qualifying. He will line up 25th on Saturday night, which is his worst starting position so far this season.

Missing the 43-car field were Jeb Burton and Brendan Gaughan.

Lineup

Pos. Car # Driver Sponsor Speed Time Behind
1 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation 193.847 27.857 Leader
2 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser / Jimmy John's 193.722 27.875 –0.018
3 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 193.195 27.951 –0.094
4 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips 192.933 27.989 –0.132
5 48 Jimmie Johnson LOWE'S PRO SERVICES 192.424 28.063 –0.206
6 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 192.369 28.071 –0.214
7 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar 192.253 28.088 –0.231
8 27 Paul Menard Quaker State / Menards 192.109 28.109 –0.252
9 42 Kyle Larson AXE 192.048 28.118 –0.261
10 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna/McDonald's 191.721 28.166 –0.309
11 14 Tony Stewart Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 191.489 28.200 –0.343
12 24 Jeff Gordon Panasonic 189.547 28.489 –0.632
13 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center 192.273 28.085 –0.228
14 3 Austin Dillon Dow 192.267 28.086 –0.229
15 78 Martin Truex Jr Furniture Row/Visser Precision 192.232 28.091 –0.234
16 19 Carl Edwards STANLEY Racing for a Miracle 191.973 28.129 –0.272
17 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 191.918 28.137 –0.280
18 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office 191.884 28.142 –0.285
19 16 Greg Biffle Safety-Kleen Ford Fusion 191.768 28.159 –0.302
20 13 Casey Mears No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet SS 191.421 28.210 –0.353
21 10 Danica Patrick TaxACT/GoDaddyChevrolet 191.096 28.258 –0.401
22 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Zest Ford Fusion 190.880 28.290 –0.433
23 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 190.523 28.343 –0.486
24 51 Justin Allgaier Flipping Ships 190.483 28.349 –0.492
25 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Nationwide 192.068 28.115 –0.258
26 47 AJ Allmendinger Bush's Beans 191.966 28.130 –0.273
27 15 Clint Bowyer 5-Hour Energy 191.639 28.178 –0.321
28 46 Michael Annett Northland Motor Oil 191.530 28.194 –0.337
29 9 Sam Hornish Jr Medallion Bank/Lyon Financial 191.483 28.201 –0.344
30 18 David Ragan Interstate Batteries 191.455 28.205 –0.348
31 35 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports 191.367 28.218 –0.361
32 43 Aric Almirola Eckrich 191.340 28.222 –0.365
33 40 Landon Cassill CRC Knock'er Loose 191.340 28.222 –0.365
34 7 Alex Bowman Accell Construction 191.245 28.236 –0.379
35 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing 190.988 28.274 –0.417
36 55 Brett Moffitt Aaron's Dream Machine 190.894 28.288 –0.431
37 32 Mike Bliss TEXAS TECH 190.362 28.367 –0.510
38 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops 190.288 28.378 –0.521
39 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial 190.255 28.383 –0.526
40 34 Chris Buescher Dockside Logistics 189.361 28.517 –0.660
41 23 J.J. Yeley Dr. Pepper "I'm a Pepper" 188.673 28.621 –0.764
42 83 Matt DiBenedetto Burger King 187.774 28.758 –0.901
43 33 Alex Kennedy Dream Factory 185.746 29.072 –1.215

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