Kyle Busch Wins Pole for Saturday's Nationwide Race in Texas

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IApril 3, 2009

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 21: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, prior to the NASCAR Nationwide Series Scotts Turf Builder 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 21, 2009 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Kyle Busch will start his quest for a Texas three-step in the Nationwide Series on the pole for Saturday's event.

Busch laid down a lap of 188.25 mph in pole qualifying on Thursday night which was good enough to best Matt Kenseth's 188.05 mph.

Busch swept both races at Texas Motor Speedway last year, becoming the first driver in Nationwide Series history to pull a season sweep since the track began hosting two events a year in 2005.

In seven starts at the track, the younger Busch has two wins and six top 10s.

The top 10 qualifiers are:

Kyle Busch (No. 18), Matt Kenseth (No. 16)

Paul Menard (No. 98), David Ragan (No. 6)

Jeff Burton (No. 29), Carl Edwards (No. 60)

Terry Cook (No. 91), Tony Stewart (No. 33)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 5), Joey Logano (No. 20)

Failing to qualify for Saturday's race were: Scott Wimmer (No. 40), Josh Wise (No. 43), Brian Keselowski (No. 26), Kertus Davis (No. 49), Kerry Earnhardt (No. 31), and Mike Harmon (No. 84).

The O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway is set for April 4, with the green flag at 2:30 PM/ET.