Kyle Larson earns pole for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Kyle Busch on outside pole

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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:

Row 1

Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch

Row 2

Matt Kenseth, Brian Scott

Row 3

Ryan Blaney, Kevin Harvick

Row 4

Regan Smith, James Buescher

Row 5

Ty Dillon, Mike Bliss

Row 6

Dylan Kwasniewski, Cale Conley

Row 7

Chris Buescher, Treevor Bayne

Row 8

Chase Elliott, Matt DiBenedetto

Row 9

Jeffrey Earnhardt, Elliott Sadler

Row 10

Ryan Sieg, Brendan Gaughan

Row 11

Ryan Reed, Will Kimmel

Row 12

Josh Wise, Blake Koch

Row 13

Timmy Hill, Landon Cassill

Row 14

Kelly Admiraal, Mike Wallace

Row 15

Dakoda Armstrong, Jeremy Clements

Row 16

Tanner Berryhill, Carl Long

Row 17

Kevin Lepage, Joe Nemechek

Row 18

Eric McClure, Derrike Cope

Row 19

Jamie Dick, Joey Gase

Row 20

Ruben Garcia Jr., Matt Carter

Failing to qualify: Tommy Joe Martins (withdrew), Willie Allen

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NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.