Kurt Busch sets track record in Texas

Kurt Busch
Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch made it two poles in a row at Texas Motor Speedway Friday with a speed of 200.915 mph in his #41 SHR Ford Fusion, a new track record.

Denny Hamlin will start 2nd in the #11 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing while Kevin Harvick (Ford), Erik Jones (Toyota) and Kyle Busch (Toyota) rounded out the top-5.

Denny Hamlin had trouble getting through qualifying inspection but wheeled his No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota around the wide open, reconfigured 1.5-mile track at 200.617 mph, holding the speed record and pole briefly before Busch’s run. Hamlin’s speed was good enough for the second starting spot for Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 (2 p.m. ET, NBCSN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.)

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Kevin Harvick (200.378 mph) in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, Erik Jones (200.326 mph) in the No. 77 Furniture Row Racing Toyota and Kyle Busch (200.252 mph) in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. round out the top five in the starting lineup, respectively.

Playoffs contender Chase Elliott’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet failed pre-qualifying inspection, and he will start at the back of the field Sunday. Hamlin’s No. 11 and Harvick’s No. 4 were also among several cars that had trouble getting through inspection, but the No. 11 did finally pass and Hamlin was fifth-fastest in the first round of qualifying.

The other cars that did not make a qualifying lap are Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota, Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford, Trevor Bayne’s No. 6 Ford, Reed Sorenson’s No. 15 Toyota, Corey LaJoie’s No. 23 Toyota, and Gray Gaulding’s No. 83 Toyota.

Playoffs points leader Martin Truex Jr. qualified seventh in the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota.

XFINITY Playoffs contender Daniel Hemric piloted Paul Menard’s No. 27 Chevrolet in qualifying after driving the car in practice earlier after Menard and his wife, Jennifer, welcomed their second child this week. Hemric spun his No. 21 Chevrolet in final XFINITY practice but was OK after that wreck.

Lineup

Pos No Driver Time Behind Speed
1 41 Kurt Busch 26.877 LEADER 200.915
2 11 Denny Hamlin 26.917 0.040 200.617
3 4 Kevin Harvick 26.949 0.072 200.378
4 77 Erik Jones 26.956 0.079 200.326
5 18 Kyle Busch 26.966 0.089 200.252
6 19 Daniel Suarez 27.055 0.178 199.593
7 78 Martin Truex Jr. 27.077 0.200 199.431
8 21 Ryan Blaney 27.084 0.207 199.380
9 48 Jimmie Johnson 27.173 0.296 198.727
10 2 Brad Keselowski 27.207 0.330 198.478
11 42 Kyle Larson 27.253 0.376 198.143
12 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 27.262 0.385 198.078
13 1 Jamie McMurray 27.315 0.000 197.694
14 10 Danica Patrick 27.322 0.000 197.643
15 3 Austin Dillon 27.337 0.000 197.534
16 47 AJ Allmendinger 27.346 0.000 197.469
17 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 27.350 0.000 197.441
18 43 Aric Almirola 27.374 0.000 197.267
19 5 Kasey Kahne 27.397 0.000 197.102
20 14 Clint Bowyer 27.477 0.000 196.528
21 27 Daniel Hemric 27.520 0.000 196.221
22 34 Landon Cassill 27.601 0.000 195.645
23 95 Michael McDowell 27.807 0.000 194.196
24 38 David Ragan 27.810 0.000 194.175
25 31 Ryan Newman 27.671 0.000 195.150
26 37 Chris Buescher 27.725 0.000 194.770
27 13 Ty Dillon 27.846 0.000 193.924
28 32 Matt DiBenedetto 27.849 0.000 193.903
29 72 Cole Whitt 28.143 0.000 191.877
30 7 Joey Gase 28.717 0.000 188.042
31 51 Ray Black II 28.861 0.000 187.104
32 33 Jeffrey Earnhardt 28.876 0.000 187.007
33 66 David Starr 29.704 0.000 181.794
34 24 Chase Elliott 0.000 0.000 0.000
35 20 Matt Kenseth 0.000 0.000 0.000
36 22 Joey Logano 0.000 0.000 0.000
37 6 Trevor Bayne 0.000 0.000 0.000
38 15 Reed Sorenson 0.000 0.000 0.000
39 23 Corey LaJoie 0.000 0.000 0.000
40 83 Gray Gaulding 0.000 0.000 0.000

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