Kyle Busch Secures Pole For First Data 500

Kyle Busch edged Clint Bowyer Saturday in Virginia Lottery Qualifying at Martinsville Speedway, taking the pole for Sunday’s First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.

Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Blaney, and Aric Almirola round out the top five positions on the starting grid for the pivotal NASCAR playoff race.

“We’ve been good here the last few years, which is nice, especially this time of year,” Busch said. “The car had good speed since we’ve been here. We’re just trying to fine-tune the balance. We want to be the best and automatically transfer (to the Championship 4).”

Perhaps more important than track position at Martinsville is the early pit selection available to top qualifiers. Bowyer, a fellow playoff driver, noted as much in his post-race media availability.

“This feels like my 2012 season, when we won three times, and had the best year I ever had,” he said. “This stuff is fun again. I find myself in a hurry to get to these races.”

The First Data 500 is set for a 2:30 p.m. EST start on Sunday. (TV: NBCSN; Radio: MRN, Sirius XM NASCAR Radio).

The weekend of action at Martinsville Speedway culminates on Sunday with the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Tickets for the race may be purchased at the track ticket office on Sunday morning, or online at

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