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NASCAR Cup: Kurt Busch on Coca-Cola 600 pole

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 28: Kurt Busch, driver of the #1 VMonster Energy Chevrolet, practices for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 28, 2020 in Fontana, California. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

By AMANDA VINCENT

The Busch Pole Award at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ahead of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 went to a driver named Busch on Sunday afternoon, as Kurt Busch claimed his first pole at CMS with a 29.79-second/181.269 mph lap. His latest pole is his first of the season but the 28th of his career.

“I’m just so proud of (crew chief) Matt McCall and all our guys and the way we have to communicate right now and get through everything as far as those last-minute details and those fine adjustments,” Busch said. “But, wow, what a Chevrolet brigade up front. This is pretty sweet! GEARWRENCH is on our car only a few times a year and I really want to push them up front. This is an awesome pole. I was more geared up, in my mind, towards downforce and being ready for 600 miles, so this means Matt McCall has something up his sleeve and we should be good tonight. This is a great run and happy birthday, Chip (Ganassi, car owner)!”

Jimmie Johnson qualified second to start alongside Busch on the front row, and Johnson’s Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott qualified third. Chevrolet claimed the top-six positions on the starting grid with Matt Kenseth, Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon in fourth through sixth.

Hendrick Motorsports had a stranglehold on the top of the scoring pylon through most of the qualifying session. When Busch went out 37th of 40 cars and claimed the eventual pole, he knocked Johnson from the top. Johnson had held the provisional pole since he went out 19th and knocked teammate William Byron from the top.

Elliott, went out 27th to make his qualifying attempt, but as he was getting up to speed, Matt DiBenedetto, the previous qualifier was hitting the wall. As a result, Elliott was allowed to go back out after a halt in qualifying for track cleanup and took the provisional second spot alongside Johnson on the provisional front row.

By the end of qualifying, Byron had been shuffled back to 10th on the grid.

The qualifying session was halted, again, when Aric Almirola spun after being the 35th driver out onto the track. He’ll start the race 40th. DiBenedetto wound up 33rd.

Qualifying seventh through ninth were Joey Logano, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

Below, is the complete starting grid for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway:

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