Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. Motorsports

2014 Southern 500 weekend qualifying: Three JGR cars in top 10 in Nationwide

See also

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch took the pole for Friday night’s Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. His JGR teammates Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler also qualified in the top 10 for the race.

Busch qualified the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry at a speed of 173.681 mph (28.314 seconds), ahead of Chase Elliott’s No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet Camaro at 173.448 mph (28.352 seconds), who starts on the outside pole. Kenseth starts third (173.106 mph/28.408 seconds) in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota, next to Kevin Harvick in fourth (171.662 mph/28.647 seconds). Sadler starts ninth in the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota (170.283 mph/28.879 seconds).

The Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 green at 8 p.m. ET.


Busch led JGR in qualifying for Saturday night’s Bojangles’ Southern 500, qualifying eighth in the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota Camry at a speed of 181.763 mph (27.055 seconds). Kevin Harvick won the pole for the race with a speed of 183.479 mph (26.802 seconds) in the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, with former JGR driver Joey Logano taking the outside pole after a lap of 183.049 mph (26.865 seconds) in knock-out qualifying.

Denny Hamlin qualified 10th in the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota (181.548 mph/27.087 seconds), while Kenseth qualified 25th in the No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Toyota (182.059 mph/27.011 seconds).

The Southern 500 goes green on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at

Check out Paula’s Examiner columns on motorsports:

· Motorsports Travel


· Joe Gibbs Racing

· Kyle Busch Motorsports

· Buffalo Motorsports

Follow Paula on:

· Facebook – Paula Thompson Freelance and Motorsports

· Twitter - @paulat14

· Website –

· Flickr – Paula Thompson Freelance

Contact Paula at



  • Stephen A. Smith apologizes
    Stephen A. Smith: Ray Rice rant was 'most egregious error of my career'
    Domestic Violence
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    20 Photos
  • New York Yankees fan returns lost Red Sox World Series ring to owner
    MLB News
  • Peyton Manning dancing
    Peyton Manning shows off his formidable dancing skills at training camp
    NFL News
  • Bagwell becoming porn star
    Buff Bagwell has the stuff, but his Vivid dreams have not come true just yet
    Fight Sports
  • Grave defiler identified
    Die-hard Browns fan identified in Art Modell’s grave defiling video
    Crimes & Court