Point leader Martin Truex, Jr. earned the top spot for Saturday's Busch race at Kansas Speedway. It's a nice bounce back for Truex who has not had a good September. Truex point lead is in jeopardy and on track incidents and penalties have plagued...
Point leader Martin Truex, Jr. earned the top spot for Saturday's Busch race at Kansas Speedway. It's a nice bounce back for Truex who has not had a good September. Truex point lead is in jeopardy and on track incidents and penalties have plagued the defending series champion.
His lap of 178.938 mph set a qualifying record at Kansas Speedway as he grabbed his second pole of the season.
We tested here a week-and-a-half ago, and didn't really have such a good test," Truex said. "We kind of rode around for two days and didn't seem to learn much, or couldn't do much to change the way the car handled. But today was a good day."
The top-three qualifiers all broke the previous track record which was set by Michael Waltrip in 2003.
Jon Wood and Regan Smith qualified second and third.
"This is a very special place. It's more or less how I got my start in the upper tier of NASCAR racing. I don't know if it's just that we have a good package for our mile-and-a-half race tracks or what it is, but we seem to do really well there," Wood said. "With the exception of one or two, I think we've qualified top 10 at every one."
Kasey Kahne and Jason Leffler complete the top five.
"I'm really proud of the guys they put the car together pretty quick. I don't know how we could have done much better," said Kahne.
Notably, Kevin Harvick qualified 26th but promptly left the track to be with his wife Delana who is by her father John's bedside in Winston-Salem, NC. He has been suffering with cancer and has taken a turn for the worse.
If Harvick is unable to return to Kansas, Jeff Burton will drive Harvick's Busch car and Clint Bowyer will fill the seat of the No. 29 Chevy for the Cup race. As of today, Harvick was expected to return for the Cup event on Sunday.
Fifty-four cars attempted to qualify for the forty-three car field.