Kyle Busch wins Bristol pole by .002 over brother Kurt

Brad Keselowski won an eventful opening stage Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway taking the top spot when teammate Ryan Blaney crashed to lead the way at the quarter mark of the Food City 500 for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Keselowski’s Team Pe

Kyle Busch wins Bristol pole by .002 over brother Kurt

" We got a little bit tight there in that final round, but was able to still maintain a quick enough speed in order to beat Kurt (Busch) out", Kyle said.

Jimmie Johnson ran the most laps at 95. Kyle Busch is growing exhausted of stock auto racing's governing body trying to manufacture tighter competition in the annual All-Star race at the expense of the Cup Series' heavy hitters.

Xfinity driver Brandon Jones was the fastest in practice in the Menards Toyota with a leading time of 15.495 and average speed of 123.833 miles per hour. We'll just have to see how the fans like it. If you don't get in that exact patch, then you're done.

The balance of the top 12 qualifiers were: Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson, Paul Menard, Alex Bowman, Michael McDowell, Joey Logano, and Daniel Suarez.

Michael McDowell backed up Front Row's effort by completing the top five with the fifth-fastest time at 126.295 miles per hour in the No. 34 Ford.

Race officials made the change given Sunday's weather forecast. "It's continually changing and I think that shows well for a driver that can adapt".

"Ever since they put that [Bristol Bite] back down, it's brought the bottom back into play and that's always been better for me", Busch said.

Other notables included Darrell Wallace the Richard Petty Racing No. 43 in 20th, Daytona 500 victor Austin Dillon (21st) and Denny Hamlin (25th).

It will be the first time that two Knoxville drivers have started a Bristol Cup Series race.

Chad Finchum of Knoxville, Tennessee, qualified 38th in his Cup debut. Three Johnson City drivers - Paul Lewis, Herman Beam and George Green - and three members of the Utsman family of Bluff City - Sherman, Layman and Dub Utsman - started the first Bristol Cup Series race, the 1961 Volunteer 500.

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