Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch barely made it on track for a lap in the final round of knockout qualifying for the Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 on Saturday, but that’s alright – he only needed one lap to break the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Nationwide Series track record and capture the pole. His JGR teammate Matt Kenseth starts on the outside pole, while Elliott Sadler will start 12th.
Busch’s lap of 179.888 mph (50.031 seconds) in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry beat Kenseth, who clocked in with a lap of 178.912 mph (50.304 seconds) in the No. 20 Reser’s Toyota. Sadler clocked in with a lap of 176.367 mph (51.030 seconds) in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota.
The Nationwide Series Lilly Diabetes 250 goes green Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Busch qualified 12th for Sunday’s Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard, putting down a fast lap of 184.991 mph (48.651 seconds) during the final round of knockout qualifying in the No. 18 Snickers Toyota Camry. Kenseth will start 13th in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota after his lap of 185.468 mph (48.526 seconds) in the second round of qualifying, while Denny Hamlin will start 27th in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota following his first-round lap of 183.692 mph (48.995 seconds).
Kevin Harvick will start from the pole Sunday after a final-round lap of 188.470 mph (47.753 seconds). Jeff Gordon is on the outside pole after a lap of 187.770 mph (47.931 seconds).
The Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard goes green Sunday at 1:22 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.
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