Kyle Busch’s clos­ing qual­i­fy­ing flurry lands Indy pole

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - FRONT PAGE -

Kyle Busch won the pole po­si­tion Satur­day as he chases an un­prece­dented third con­sec­u­tive NASCAR Brick­yard 400 vic­tory to­day.

Busch earned the top qual­i­fy­ing spot on his fi­nal lap with a speed of 187.301 mph on the 2.5-mile oval. Kevin Har­vick was sec­ond at 186.332, and Jamie McMur­ray qual­i­fied third.

It’s the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year Busch has claimed the In­di­anapo­lis pole. The only other Cup driv­ers with back-to-back pole wins at the Brick­yard are Jeff Gor­don in 1995 and 1996 and Ernie Ir­van in 1997 and 1998.

Busch is try­ing to be­come the sec­ond driver to win three con­sec­u­tive races at Indy. For­mer For­mula One star Michael Schu­macher won the U.S. Grand Prix four times in a row, all on the road course.

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