Kyle Busch claims pole in weather-shortened Kentucky qualifying

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By Aaron Bearden, Motorsports Editor

SPARTA, Ky. — Kyle Busch will lead the field to the green flag for Saturday’s Quaker State 400 after topping Round 2 of a planned three-round qualifying session at Kentucky Speedway that was shortened by impending weather.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver’s fast lap proved enough to top the 24-car round, besting Toyota teammates Martin Truex, Jr. and Matt Kenseth, who combined with Busch to sweep the top three.

The result means that Busch will achieve a rare feat – leading the field to green in two separate NASCAR-sanctioned events. The Las Vegas, Nevada native also claimed the pole for the XFINITY Series race, which was been postponed to Saturday at noon.

Jamie McMurray and Denny Hamlin rounded out the top five, with Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Daniel Suarez and Brad Keselowski completing the top 10.

A handful of drivers suffered inspection failures during the session, with the most notable being Kyle Larson. The Chip Ganassi Racing star will start last in Saturday’s race after his team failed to pass inspection in time to make an attempt.

Results, via NASCAR

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