On a cold, crisp Friday evening, defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch laid down the fastest lap in the last round of qualifying, meaning that the No.18 should have earned the pole for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
What is earned can be taken away however, and the No.18 team quickly learned that as Busch’s time was disallowed after the car failed post-qualifying inspection.
The pole didn’t leave the Busch family however, as Kyle’s brother Kurt, by virtue of qualifying second, will be bumped up to the first starting position.
It is Kurt Busch’s first career pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and his first pole since Pocono Raceway last June.
“I hope after 500 miles, we can be the guy in Victory Lane,” said Kurt.
Jamie McMurray will now start on the front row alongside Kurt. McMurray has never started on the front row for a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Trevor Bayne, Ryan Newman, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr., and Brian Scott now round out the rest of the top-10. Kyle Busch will now start at the rear of the field due to his qualifying time being disallowed.
Sunday’s race is scheduled to take the green flag at 1 p.m. on FOX.