Kyle Busch Drives To Cup Pole At Bristol


"If I am going to get beat by somebody if I don't hit a flawless lap I would rather it be my little brother", Kurt Busch said.

"Ever since they put that [Bristol Bite] back down, it's brought the bottom back into play and that's always been better for me", Busch said.

Bristol is just the latest stock auto race added for Tullman who continues to carve a path towards competing in NASCAR's top-three national series.

Martin Truex Jr. will start 26th in Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina - With four top-five finishes and five top-10s in the first six races of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Kyle Busch led the points heading into last weekend's race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth - no doubt a very strong start to the season. "I feel like if we can get one knocked out of the way that more is kind of going to come with that, so we're going to continue to push this weekend".

Add in that the 21-year-old had the top 10-lap average in the first practice Saturday and there are the makings of a first career Cup win.

"It's better now with age", he said of their relationship.

"It's cool. Certainly any time you keep winning races and kind of keep moving up the ladder, it's really special", said Busch. "It's been kind of frustrating a little bit for me on the Cup side since the (track surface) grind, but I think we are starting to get the hang of it now".

Brad Keselowski of Team Penske qualified third fastest while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. of Roush Fenway Racing and Ryan Blaney of Team Penske rounded out the top five.

Two-time BMS Cup victor Kevin Harvick crashed in the first practice session Friday afternoon. The green flag for the race was previously scheduled to wave at 2:13 p.m./et, but NASCAR bumped it back an hour to 1:13 p.m./et due to the threat of rain on Sunday. The team has gone to a backup vehicle, which means Busch will need to start at the rear of the 39-car field.