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Kyle Busch records fourth-fastest qualifying speed in Nationwide history, takes pole at Michigan

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Kyle Busch waited until the last minute and needed just one lap to earn the pole for Saturday’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series Race at Michigan International Speedway.

Busch recorded the fourth-fastest qualifying speed in NNS history, covering the two-mile, high-speed MIS surface with a track record at 193.242 mph (at 37.259 seconds).

It was Busch’s first NNS pole at Michigan.

“Just being a little bit further back in line helped out a little bit, but we have a fast race car and were able to hold the pedal down much of the way around,” Busch said. “Being able to do all that, putting it all together, just worked in our favor.”

Chase Elliott was second-fastest at 192.735 mph, followed by Ty Dillon (192.513), Kyle Larson (192.287) and Paul Menard (192.195).

Sixth through 12th-fastest were Brian Scott (192.041), Dylan Kwasniewski (191.857), Regan Smith (191.505), Joey Logano (191.123), Chris Buescher (184.895), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (158.541) and Elliott Sadler.

Sadler did not record a speed in the third and final round of knockout qualifying because his Toyota Camry brushed the outside retaining wall while making his attempt.

Here’s the starting lineup for Saturday’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet 250 at Michigan International Speedway:

Row 1 Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott

Row 2 Ty Dillon, Kyle Larson

Row 3 Paul Menard, Brian Scott

Row 4 Dylan Kwasniewski, Regan Smith

Row 5 Joey Logano, Chris Buescher

Row 6 Dale Earnhardt Jr., Elliot Sadler

Row 7 Sam Hornish Jr., Trevor Bayne

Row 8 Ryan Sieg, Brendan Gaughan

Row 9 Ross Chastain, Dakoda Armstrong

Row 10 Mike Bliss, JJ Yeley

Row 11 James Buescher, Blake Koch

Row 12 Jamie Dick, Ryan Reed

Row 13 Josh Wise, Landon Cassill

Row 14 Jeff Green, Jeremy Clements

Row 15 Jeffrey Earnhardt, Mike Harmon

Row 16 Carl Long, Kevin Lepage

Row 17 Matt Carter, Tanner Berryhill

Row 18 Derrike Cope, Benny Gordon

Row 19 Ryan Ellis, Harrison Rhodes

Row 20 Tim Schendel, Tommy Joe Martins

DNQ: Matt DiBenedetto, Morgan Schepherd

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IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
  • 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish

For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.

Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.

The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.

Race Recap: Hamilton closes on third title at Russia (VIDEO)

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Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.

View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.