Kyle Busch knocked his big brother Kurt off the pole position for tomorrow’s NRA 500 at Texas Motor Speedway with a track record qualifying lap of 27.509 seconds (196.299 mph) around the 1.5-mile oval.
“We didn’t unload the best, but [crew chief] Dave [Rogers] and the guys really used the whole toolbox today and worked really hard on getting us a good piece for the race and for qualifying,” he said to SPEED Channel after his run. “You can’t say enough about all those guys.”
“Rowdy” was the only one to top the 196 mph mark tonight, with Kurt coming up just shy in P2 with a lap at 195.688 mph. Row 2 will feature a pair of Richard Petty Motorsports teammates, with Aric Almirola (195.009 mph) on the inside and Marcos Ambrose (194.946) on the outside.
Martin Truex Jr. (194.770) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (194.770) qualified fifth and sixth respectively, with last week’s winner and current Cup championship leader Jimmie Johnson posting the seventh-fastest lap in quals at 194.503 mph. Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top 10 positions.
Kevin Harvick suffered an engine failure during today’s final practice session and will be forced to start from the rear of the field on Saturday. Ambrose led “Happy Hour” with a lap at 191.354 mph, beating out Kyle Busch and Almirola for the top spot.