Kyle Busch scooted to the Coors Light Pole Award in Friday qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Dover International Speedway.
Busch propelled the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota to a best lap of 158.954 mph in the last of three rounds of qualifying. The pole position was his first of the season, first on the 1-mile track and 20th of his career in NASCAR’s top division.
Martin Truex Jr. was second-fastest in the Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota at 158.877 mph, snatching up the other front-row starting spot for Sunday’s AAA 400 Drive for Autism (1 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Daniel Suarez and Matt Kenseth, Busch’s JGR teammates, were third and fourth respectively in a 1-2-3-4 sweep by Toyotas. Kyle Larson completed the top five in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Chevrolet.
Austin Dillon, last weekend’s first-time winner in the Coca-Cola 600, was ninth-fastest in the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet. Jimmie Johnson, a 10-time Dover winner, qualified 14th in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet.
A handful of notable drivers will start farther back in the 39-car field after missing the 24-driver cut in the opening round of qualifying. Joey Logano will start 26th in the Team Penske No. 22 Ford. Regan Smith, a sub for the third straight week for the injured Aric Almirola, will start 30th in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford.
Two drivers will be making their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in Sunday’s 400-miler. Ryan Sieg is set to start 34th, and Ross Chastain will start 36th.