For the series-leading fifth time this season, Kyle Busch will start from pole in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Ripping a lap of 50.175 seconds (179.372 mph) at Pocono Raceway, Busch bested Truex by 0.142 for pole No. 24 of his career.
“I felt like I hit it pretty good,” Busch said. “I was going to come over the radio and say ‘Eh, that was close.’ It got us to where we needed to be. A good opportunity for us starting up front.”
For Truex, the Furniture Row Racing driver nabbed his 12th top-three start of 2017, leaps and bounds above any other competitor. Jamie McMurray was third, 0.377 seconds behind pole time, with Denny Hamlin in fourth.
It is a quick turnaround for the Cup teams, who race at 3 p.m. ET for the Overton’s 400.
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) July 30, 2017