Kyle Busch will start on the pole for Saturday’s Lilly Diabetes 250 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after posting a fast time of 50.031 seconds, 179.888 mph. While on his run late into the final round, the lap broke the previous track record, which he set there last season. Today’s pole marks the fourth of the season for the 29-year-old and hopes to take the No. 54 to a much better finish than Sam Hornish Jr. last weekend. This marks the 12th time this season that Busch will start up inside the top 10.
Rolling off today in the second starting spot will be Busch’s teammate of Matt Kenseth. Kenseth posted a fast time of 50.304 seconds, 178.912 mph. around the 2.5-mile track. On Saturday afternoon he’ll be chasing for his first win of the 2014 season in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. He lost the pole by 0.273 seconds. This will be his 12th start of the year in the series.
Starting in third will be Ty Dillon after having a solid weekend so far behind the wheel of his No. 3 Chevrolet. Dillon ran only one lap in the final round to post a fast time of 50.448 seconds, 178.402 mph. He will start from inside the top-10 for his 10th time of the 2014 season and hopes to earn his first career victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Dillon was 0.417 seconds off of the pole sitter’s time.
Two drivers of Kevin Lepage and Tommy Joe Martins failed to qualify as 42 drivers showed up to make the race. Martins, unlike Lepage, did not post a time in the first round of qualifying. There was no on-track incidents.
When round two of knockout qualifying was completed, there was some surprises of drivers not making the top-12 cut. Among those were Larson, Reed, Kwasniewski, Ragan, and among numerous others who was fast on Friday in practice that did not advance. These drivers will certainly be fun to watch as they try and score the victory.
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