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Kyle Busch Edges Erik Jones for 4th Straight IMS Pole

It’s been Kyle Busch’s weekend thus far at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After winning both Friday practice sessions, Busch continued the roll by winning the pole on Saturday.

Busch, at a lap of 49.467 seconds [181.939 mph], grabs his fourth consecutive IMS pole, sixth of 2016 and 54th of his XFINITY Series career.

“I heard it was close,” Busch said.

It was only 0.002 seconds that separated polesitter Busch and second-place Erik Jones, as they completed yet another 1-2 sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2016.

“I actually didn’t expect the speed to be that fast,” Busch said. “We got good enough to where we needed to be. Starting on pole here in Indy is always pretty cool.

Behind young teammate of  Jones was Kyle Larson, who was 0.228 seconds behind Busch’s time.

Kevin Harvick finished fourth quick while Daniel Suarez, Justin Allgaier, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Ryan Reed and Brennan Poole finished the top 10.

Lining up first for Heat No. 1, Busch finds another positive in being in the first of two heat races.

“Looking forward to having a run in the first heat,” he said. “Take a little break and then come back for the main event.”

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