But Busch said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway, where track officials have put a traction compound on the lower 4 feet of the track surface in hopes of creating a fast-enough inside lane so drivers have options, that there is only so much the sanctioning body can do. "I got greedy and drove in there too hard and it washed up just a smidge", Kurt Busch said.
In a freaky session that amounted to a tedious game of truth-and-dare, Busch earned the pole with a lap of 14.895-seconds at 128.822-mph in his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. It was his second pole of the season, his second at Bristol and the 29th of his premier-series career.
Kurt Busch, a five-time Bristol victor, was looking for his second-straight pole position after posting the fastest time last week at Texas.
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"That's not what I signed up to be a NASCAR driver for is to scrunch the field up and take the advantage away from those guys that are fast", said Busch, last year's All-Star race victor. Busch wasn't a fan of that package when it was used for the Xfinity Series race a year ago at Indianapolis, but NASCAR was happy with it in general.
Kurt Busch, who has five BMS wins, grabbed the No. 2 starting spot with a lap of 14.897 at 128.804 miles per hour, just.002 seconds behind his brother. The VHT is sprayed down and if you miss it a little bit, it's like a rut at a Supercross race.
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The Indiana Pacers look to make an early statement in this series after being one of the bigger surprises in the season already. Victor Oladipo is averaging 23.1 points and 4.3 assists while Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 14.3 points and 3.4 rebounds.
Kyle Larson qualified sixth on Friday and ran even faster laps early Saturday morning. In all seven, Fords will start in the top 10.
Kyle Busch believes the VHT spray helps the Busch brothers overall at the challenging short track.
Busch said he doesn't have a good idea to make racing better. "It's continually changing and I think that shows well for a driver that can adapt". Truex was 10th-fastest in practice earlier in the day with a lap of 14.883 at 128.926 though the performance for most competitors slowed in the late afternoon qualifying session. He will start last in Sunday's 39-car field.
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