newskyle busch headlines food city 300 qualifying

Kyle Busch headlines Food City 300 qualifying

Rod Mullins

For the second time in as many days, Kyle Busch is the Pinty’s pole winner for another race, this time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series Food City 300.

kyle buschThe Las Vegas native wheeled his No. 18 NOS Energy Toyota Camry round the high banks of Bristol with an average speed of 127.157 mph to take the top spot, with MENC cup regular Joey Logano starting in the second spot with an average speed of 125.806 mph for the Friday night race at BMS.

The rest of the top five include Brennan Poole in third, Justin Allgaier qualifying fourth and   Cole Custer rounding out the top five. The second five include Tyler Reddick in sixth, Daniel Suarez in seventh, current Xfinity points leader and Virginia native Elliott Sadler in eighth, Brandon Jones in ninth and  and Brendan Gaughan rounding out the top 10.

Other notables include Austin Dillon and brother Ty in eleventh and twelfth, Daniel Hemric in sixteenth, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. qualifying 17th in his final Bristol Xfinity start as Junior could only manage a best lap of 123.586 mph to take a spot in the top 20 in qualifying.

Aric Almirola qualified 18th followed by William Byron in 19th.  Jeb Burton placed his Toyota Camry in 24th and Chad Finchum would qualify 31st.

Story by Rod Mullins/Augusta Free Press

Rod Mullins

Rod Mullins

Rod Mullins covers NASCAR for AFP, and co-hosts the mid-week “Street Knowledge” focusing on NASCAR with AFP editor Chris Graham. A graduate of UVA-Wise, Rod began his career in journalism as a reporter for The Cumberland Times, later became the program director/news director/on-air morning show host for WNVA in Norton, Va., and in the early 1990s served as the sports information director at UVA-Wise and was the radio “Voice of the Highland Cavaliers” for football and basketball for seven seasons. In 1995, Rod transitioned to public education, where he has worked as a high school English, literature, and creative writing teacher and now serves as a school program coordinator in addition to serving as a mentor for the robotics team.