Kyle Busch wins pole for Brickyard 400

Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch

Defending race-winner Kyle Busch topped the leaderboard in Saturday's Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 184.634 mph in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Right behind him was Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota at 184.547 mph.

Rounding out the top five were Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet), Denny Hamlin (No. 11 JGR Toyota) and Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Ford.)

Series points leader Kevin Harvick was seventh-fastest with a speed of 182.852 mph in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet.

Four-time Brickyard champion Jimmie Johnson failed to make the final round of qualifying and will line up 13th. Johnson's teammate Jeff Gordon , filling in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. this weekend in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, also did not make it into the final round and will start 21st.

Jose Wise failed to qualify for the race in a field of 41 cars.

Drivers will strap in again Sunday for the Crown Royal Presents The Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN, IMS, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Lineup

POS. CAR # DRIVER SPONSOR SPEED TIME BEHIND
1 18 Kyle Busch Skittles 184.634 48.745 Leader
2 19 Carl Edwards Stanley 184.547 48.768 –0.023
3 14 Tony Stewart Mobil 1 / Chevy Summer Sell Down Chevrolet 184.328 48.826 –0.081
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express 184.079 48.892 –0.147
5 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite 183.591 49.022 –0.277
6 31 Ryan Newman Grainger 183.202 49.126 –0.381
7 4 Kevin Harvick Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS 182.852 49.220 –0.475
8 78 Martin Truex Jr Auto-Owners Insurance 182.500 49.315 –0.570
9 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's 182.463 49.325 –0.580
10 42 Kyle Larson Energizer 182.386 49.346 –0.601
11 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation / Monster Energy Chevrolet SS 182.349 49.356 –0.611
12 3 Austin Dillon Dow / Mycogen 182.286 49.373 –0.628
13 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Red Vest 183.554 49.032 –0.287
14 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil 183.273 49.107 –0.362
15 24 Chase Elliott NAPA Auto Parts 183.068 49.162 –0.417
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr SunnyD Ford Fusion 183.020 49.175 –0.430
17 21 Ryan Blaney Quick Lane / Motorcraft 182.823 49.228 –0.483
18 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General 182.223 49.390 –0.645
19 16 Greg Biffle Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford Fusion 182.057 49.435 –0.690
20 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford Fusion 181.980 49.456 –0.711
21 88 Jeff Gordon Axalta 181.851 49.491 –0.746
22 34 Chris Buescher Dockside Logistics 181.265 49.651 –0.906
23 27 Paul Menard Valvoline / Menards 181.196 49.670 –0.925
24 10 Danica Patrick Nature‚Äôs Bakery Chevrolet SS 180.058 49.984 –1.239
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger / Kingsford 183.169 49.135 –0.390
26 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance 183.109 49.151 –0.406
27 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial 182.819 49.229 –0.484
28 23 David Ragan Brandeis Machinery 182.400 49.342 –0.597
29 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield 182.219 49.391 –0.646
30 83 Matt DiBenedetto ScienceLogic 182.083 49.428 –0.683
31 15 Clint Bowyer AccuDoc Solutions 181.932 49.469 –0.724
32 44 Brian Scott Medallion Bank 181.690 49.535 –0.790
33 38 Landon Cassill Snap Fitness 181.342 49.630 –0.885
34 13 Casey Mears GEICO 180.792 49.781 –1.036
35 98 Cole Whitt Speed Stick 179.651 50.097 –1.352
36 93 Ryan Ellis ScienceLogic 179.019 50.274 –1.529
37 7 Regan Smith Nikko RC / Toy State Chevrolet 178.356 50.461 –1.716
38 46 Michael Annett Allstate Peterbilt Group 177.978 50.568 –1.823
39 55 Reed Sorenson TBD 176.180 51.084 –2.339
40 32 Patrick Carpentier Can-Am / Kappa 174.027 51.716 –2.971

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