Befitting of a guy who grew up in nearby Las Vegas, Kyle Busch rolled sevens in Saturday morning’s qualifying for the DAV 200 – Honoring America’s Veterans NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Raceway.
Busch earned his seventh career pole at PIR and his seventh NNS pole of the season with a field-best speed of 133.963 mph. It was also Busch’s 43rd pole of his NNS career.
“(Crew chief) Adam Stevens and these guys did a great job again and brought me a great piece,” said Busch, who has won the last three NNS races at PIR.
“There’s not much of a secret, per se,” Busch said. “Good cars are just good cars. We have something here that’s figured out.
“It’s not out of the box ordinary. It’s just good to have a dominant car like that, or to have a good car like that when you go to places, and it just seems Phoenix is one of those.”
Busch is also going for his eighth win of the season, having won the NNS race last week at Texas Motor Speedway.
Brad Keselowski qualified second (133.924 mph), followed by Friday night’s Truck series winner Erik Jones (133.670), Elliott Sadler (133.284), Alex Bowman (133.200), Regan Smith (133.077), Ty Dillon (132.993), Brendan Gaughan (132.964), Brian Scott (132.690) and NNS series leader Chase Elliott was 10th-fastest at 132.592 mph.
Former Drive For Diversity participant Mackena Bell made the field for her first career NNS race. She’ll start 39th.
Only one driver failed to qualify, that being Ryan Ellis.
Here’s the starting grid for this afternoon’s race:
Row 1: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski
Row 2: Erik Jones, Elliott Sadler
Row 3: Alex Bowman, Regan Smith
Row 4: Ty Dillon, Brendan Gaughan
Row 5: Brian Scott, Chase Elliott
Row 6: Kyle Larson, Trevor Bayne
Row 7: Chris Buescher, Dylan Kwasniewski
Row 8: Ryan Reed, James Buescher
Row 9: John Wes Townley, Landon Cassill
Row 10: Brennan Newberry, Mike Bliss
Row 11: Ryan Sieg, Jeffrey Earnhardt
Row 12: Kelly Admiraal, Jeremy Clements
Row 13: Dakoda Armstrong, Blake Koch
Row 14: Jamie Dick, Matt DiBenedetto
Row 15: Jeff Green, Tanner Berryhill
Row 16: TJ Bell, Joey Gase
Row 17: JJ Yeley, Mike Wallace
Row 18: Eric McClure, Chad Boat
Row 19: Morgan Shepherd, Carl Long
Row 20: Mackena Bell, Derrike Cope
DNQ: Ryan Ellis
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