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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Racing Safety United aims to reduce the risk of injury to drivers

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Racing is an inherently dangerous sport.

The Racing Safety United (RSU) alliance aims to reduce some of that risk with the formation of a multi-discipline advocacy group that includes all major stakeholders of the sport: sanctioning bodies, drivers, track owners and equipment manufacturers – just to name a few of the many businesses that impact a driver’s welfare once they strap into the seat of a racecar.

Originally spearheaded by sports car driver RJ Valentine, the alliance initially intends to focus on track safety. Because expenses can be razor thin for short tracks, a financial aid program is in the works to help with safety upgrades.

“As a racer, I’ve witnessed a lot of horrible crashes and it always astounds me that, for the most part, the motorsports community continues to accept it, including drivers,” Valentine said in a press release. “Because safety improvement adoption is slow, I realized we need support from constituents in all sectors of motorsports to make any real changes happen.

“Initially, track safety is one of RSU’s top priorities, mainly because it receives the least amount of attention. However, we intend to address all safety areas from helmets to driver education.”

RSU’s first official meeting is scheduled on December 6th during the PRI Show to discuss and prioritize safety initiatives.

The RSU is currently made up of 30 members including former NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau, NHRA team owner Don Schumacher, Flying Lizard owner Darren Law, Randy Lajoie – owner of The Joie of Seating, sportscar driver Andrew Pilgrim and journalist Dick Berggren.

More information can be found on the RSU site.