Kyle Busch returns after two races off, earns pole for tonight’s Trucks race at Kentucky, seeks 5th win of 2014
Jun 26, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT
After a couple of races off, Kyle Busch is back racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in Thursday’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
And not surprisingly, Busch, who has won four of the first seven NCWTS races this season, is ready to go out and win his fifth after earning the pole position during Thursday afternoon’s qualifying session.
Busch’s best lap around the 1.5-mile tri-oval at was 175.884 mph (30.702 seconds).
Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr., who won the last NCWTS race two weeks ago at Gateway Motorsports Park in suburban St. Louis, qualified on the outside of the front row (175.615 mph).
That puts two Kyle Busch Motorsports trucks side-by-side at the front of the field for tonight’s race, the first time that has happened in team history.
“I can’t say enough about the KBM guys, another nice job this weekend,” Busch said on Fox Sports 1. “I’m also proud to see Bubba right there with us, as well, too. Hopefully, we can finish it the way we started like we should have been last week (Erik Jones drove for Busch in the No. 51 truck at Gateway, but was involved in a late wreck while leading the race, preventing a 1-2 finish with Wallace).”
Jeb Burton qualified third (175.194 mph), followed by Ben Kennedy (175.046), points leader Johnny Sauter (174.978) and German Quiroga Jr. (174.893), who was fastest in both practices earlier in the day.
“It’s good. When we start there, it’s fine,” Quiroga said. “We know we have a very good truck, have been very fast all day long and am pretty confident we can make a very good start, run in the top three all night and hopefully finish winning the race. I’m hoping to get my first win here.”
Quiroga said after finishing second to Wallace at Gateway that he felt his first career NCWTS win may be right around the corner. If he can get by Busch tonight, no easy feat obviously, that’s a distinct possibility.
Quiroga’s Red Horse Racing teammate, Timothy Peters, qualified seventh (174.814), followed by Ron Hornaday Jr. (174.160), Joey Coulter (173.667), Ryan Blaney (172.966), Matt Crafton (171.892) and Tayler Malsam (174.379).
Also of note, Busch, Keselowski and Joe Nemechek are entered in all three races this weekend at Kentucky — the Truck Series, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup events.
Busch is also hoping to win all three for only the second time in NASCAR history, having become the first and only driver to date to do so back in August 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Here’s how the field for tonight’s UNOH 225 will take the green flag:
Row 1: Kyle Busch, Darrell Wallace Jr.
Row 2: Jeb Burton, Ben Kennedy
Row 3: Johnny Sauter, German Quiroga Jr.
Row 4: Timothy Peters, Ron Hornaday Jr.
Row 5: Joey Coulter, Ryan Blaney
Row 6: Matt Crafton, Tayler Malsam
Row 8: Corey Lajoie, Bryan Silas
Row 9: John Wes Townley, Joe Nemechek
Row 10: Chase Pistone, Mason Mingus
Row 14: Jennifer Jo Cobb, Justin Jennings
Row 15: Charles Lewandoski, Norm Benning
Row 16: Adam Edwards, Ryan Ellis
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