Recent from a Twitter warfare with Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch proved a degree together with his pole run at Chicagoland Speedway — and could have proved Keselowski’s.
“We’re all in for a impolite awakening,” Keselowski tweeted two hours earlier than Friday’s knockout qualifying session on the 1.5-mile monitor, web site of Sunday’s Tales of the Turtles 400, the primary occasion within the Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence Playoff (Sunday, Sept. 17 at Chicagoland Speedway at three ET on NBCSN)
“Haven’t let a producer get this far forward because the ‘70s.”
The tweet was a reference to Toyota’s current dominance in NASCAR’s foremost sequence, and after a snarky social media change with Keselowski, Busch let his No. 18 Camry do the speaking, main all three rounds of qualifying and capping the session with a blistering 28.792-second circuit at 187.963 mph within the cash spherical.
Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin (186.168 mph) was second within the closing spherical, zero.277 seconds off Busch’s tempo.
The Coors Gentle Pole Award was Busch’s first at Chicagoland Speedway, his seventh of the season and the 26th of his profession.
“You’d prefer to be doing all your speaking on the race monitor, they usually (Keselowski and Staff Penske) had been earlier within the yr,” Busch mentioned. “They had been doing their speaking on the race monitor and once more, we stored our head down and went to work and did our job to make our stuff quicker.
“Now he’s doing the alternative. So far as having Twitter wars or no matter else, I don’t know. I’d prefer to not should. I suppose someone must take it off my telephone.”
Ten of the 16 Playoff drivers superior to the ultimate spherical, with regular-season champion Martin Truex Jr. qualifying third within the No. 78 Toyota. Kevin Harvick was the highest Ford driver in fourth, adopted by Keselowski in fifth. Kyle Larson in sixth had the quickest Chevrolet.
Gallery: NASCAR at Chicagoland Speedway, Friday Sept. 15, 2017
Joey Logano in seventh and Clint Bowyer in 11th had been the one two non-playoff drivers to crack the highest 12.
Kasey Kahne was bumped out of the highest 24 within the closing minute of the primary spherical and was the one Playoff driver who did not advance past that time.
The disparity between the third-round runs of Busch and Hamlin had the latter questioning the place his teammate discovered such blazing pace when it counted.
“It wasn’t as a result of his automobile was that a lot quicker,” Hamlin mentioned. “He will need to have achieved one thing contained in the automobile higher than I did, so I’ll have to take a look at the information and see what line he took and the way a lot throttle he used, as a result of I do know there’s not three tenths between our vehicles, for positive.”
Busch had a prepared reply.
“It’s as a result of I’m in a Toyota—that’s why proper?” he mentioned, taking one other not-so-subtle dig at Keselowski. “Simply nice changes there, as a result of we had been sort of free there the primary couple of runs and had been making an attempt to get the steadiness there.
“And the final run, our steadiness was method higher, and we had been in a position to assault it and get probably the most out of it. That’s all she had.”
Observe: Ryan Blaney certified 12th, failing to make a qualifying run within the closing spherical. The explanation? His No. 21 Wooden Brothers Ford was out of gasoline. Attempting to maintain the automobile as mild as doable, the staff crammed the automobile with simply sufficient gasoline to finish three rounds.
However a crimson flag for Erik Jones’ spin within the second spherical canceled one in every of Blaney’s laps in progress and compelled him to run additional laps—and to run the automobile out of fuel.
It was Kyle Busch’s seventh pole of the season, his first at Chicagoland, and the 26th of his profession.
Monster Vitality NASCAR Cup Sequence Qualifying – Tales of the Turtles 400
Friday, September 15, 2017
1. (18) Kyle Busch (P), Toyota, 187.963 mph.
2. (11) Denny Hamlin (P), Toyota, 186.168 mph.
three. (78) Martin Truex Jr. (P), Toyota, 185.893 mph.
four. (four) Kevin Harvick (P), Ford, 185.656 mph.
5. (2) Brad Keselowski (P), Ford, 185.236 mph.
6. (42) Kyle Larson (P), Chevrolet, 185.084 mph.
7. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, 185.zero77 mph.
eight. (24) Chase Elliott (P), Chevrolet, 185.065 mph.
9. (three) Austin Dillon (P), Chevrolet, 185.zero39 mph.
10. (20) Matt Kenseth (P), Toyota, 184.zero24 mph.
11. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 183.949 mph.
12. (21) Ryan Blaney (P), Ford, 185.147 mph.
13. (19) Daniel Suarez #, Toyota, 184.641 mph.
14. (48) Jimmie Johnson (P), Chevrolet, 184.414 mph.
15. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (P), Ford, 184.326 mph.
16. (31) Ryan Newman (P), Chevrolet, 184.281 mph.
17. (41) Kurt Busch (P), Ford, 183.874 mph.
18. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 183.231 mph.
19. (1) Jamie McMurray (P), Chevrolet, 182.970 mph.
20. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 182.914 mph.
21. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford, 182.729 mph.
22. (10) Danica Patrick, Ford, 182.648 mph.
23. (13) Ty Dillon #, Chevrolet, 181.720 mph.
24. (77) Erik Jones #, Toyota, 184.729 mph.
25. (5) Kasey Kahne (P), Chevrolet, 181.904 mph.
26. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford, 181.671 mph.
27. (34) Landon Cassill, Ford, 181.659 mph.
28. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 181.415 mph.
29. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 181.366 mph.
30. (95) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet, 181.336 mph.
31. (38) David Ragan, Ford, 180.729 mph.
32. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 179.647 mph.
33. (23) Corey LaJoie #, Toyota, 179.235 mph.
34. (15) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 176.730 mph.
35. (72) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 176.551 mph.
36. (55) Grey Gaulding #, Toyota, 176.424 mph.
37. (33) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 175.222 mph.
38. (66) Timmy Hill(i), Chevrolet, 174.261 mph.
39. (51) Ray Black II(i), Chevrolet, 170.218 mph.
40. (83) Brett Moffitt(i), Toyota, zero.000 mph.
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