Kyle Busch claims Bristol pole as drivers beware of track surface

The Latest Red flag out at Bristol after 49 laps for rain

Kyle Busch is coming off a victory last week at Texas Motor Speedway.

Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with six Cup wins at Bristol, while brother Kurt has five.

"I had 45 laps on the tires and was trying to get to 50", Busch said. It was his second pole of the season, his second at Bristol and the 29th of his premier-series career.

"Wow. I'm really sorry", Busch said over the radio.

The Busch brothers have enjoyed many successful races here.

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. The VHT is sprayed down and if you miss it a little bit, it's like a rut at a Supercross race.

He was followed by four Fords, with Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney rounding out the top five. He blamed not being able to property navigate the VHT spray in the turns to give the cars more grip for losing out on a potential pole-winning run.

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 official referenced possible weather conditions that could delay the race.

"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. "But that's not what I signed up to be a NASCAR driver for: for us to continue to scrunch the field and take advantages away from those guys who are fast".

Defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. qualified 26th and Kevin Harvick, victor of three of the first seven races this season, didn't attempt to qualify after wrecking his primary auto in practice. Ragan showed the way in his No. 38 Ford.

Throughout the humid day, no driver in the Cup, Xfinity or K&N Pro Series East division was willing to venture on the high side of the track. In all three cases, Kyle started first and Kurt second.

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