If you predicted that a driver named Kyle would be on the front row for Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway, you couldn’t go wrong.
Kyle Larson qualified No. 1 for the race with a speed of 124.476. Starting next to Larson on the outside pole is Kyle Busch (124.307).
Matt Kenseth qualified third (124.186), followed by Brian Scott (123.594), Ryan Blaney (123.308), Kevin Harvick (123.197), current NNS points leader Regan Smith (123.166) was seventh-fastest, James Buescher (122.544), Ty Dillon (121.844), Mike Bliss (121.767) in 10th.
Cale Conley, making his first career NNS start, qualified 12th, alongside No. 11 Dylan Kwasniewski, who tried to improve his position in the closing minutes of qualifying, only to spin and hit the wall, resulting in heavy damage to the left rear of his Chevrolet.
Kwasniewski’s team was attempting to repair the damage rather than go to a backup car.
Here’s the starting grid for Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 Presented by Lilly Diabetes NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway:
Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch
Matt Kenseth, Brian Scott
Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick
Regan Smith, James Buescher
Ty Dillon, Mike Bliss
Dylan Kwasniewski, Cale Conley
Chris Buescher, Treevor Bayne
Chase Elliott, Matt DiBenedetto
Jeffrey Earnhardt, Elliott Sadler
Ryan Sieg, Brendan Gaughan
Ryan Reed, Will Kimmel
Josh Wise, Blake Koch
Timmy Hill, Landon Cassill
Kelly Admiraal, Mike Wallace
Dakoda Armstrong, Jeremy Clements
Tanner Berryhill, Carl Long
Kevin Lepage, Joe Nemechek
Eric McClure, Derrike Cope
Jamie Dick, Joey Gase
Ruben Garcia Jr., Matt Carter
Failing to qualify: Tommy Joe Martins (withdrew), Willie Allen
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