NASCAR at Indianapolis 2017 Qualifying Results: Kyle Busch Takes Pole

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2017

Race driver driver Kyle Busch (18) drives through the first turn during practice for the NASCAR auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis Saturday, July 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Kyle Busch continued his qualifying dominance Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as he captured his NASCAR Cup Series-leading fourth pole of the season.

Busch has won back-to-back Cup Series races at IMS, and his pursuit of three in a row will begin from the inside of Row 1.

Here is a full rundown of how all 40 drivers qualified for Sunday's race:

1. Kyle Busch: 48.051

2. Kevin Harvick: 48.301

3. Jamie McMurray: 48.316

4. Jimmie Johnson: 48.426

5. Denny Hamlin: 48.434

6. Martin Truex Jr.: 48.456

7. Joey Logano: 48.461

8. Ryan Newman: 48.611

9. Erik Jones: 48.677

10. Ryan Blaney: 48.750

11. Brad Keselowski: 48.845

12. Kurt Busch: 48.871

13. Dale Earnhardt Jr.: 48.760

14. Matt Kenseth: 48.789

15. Daniel Suarez: 48.793

16. Chase Elliott: 48.844

17. Paul Menard: 48.991

18. Clint Bowyer: 49.020

19. Kasey Kahne: 49.036

20. Austin Dillon: 49.099

21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: 49.104

22. Trevor Bayne: 49.136

23. Danica Patrick: 49.489

24. Michael McDowell: 49.500

25. Kyle Larson: 49.072

26. Chris Buescher: 49.102

27. Matt DiBenedetto: 49.313

28. Ty Dillon: 49.343

29. Aric Almirola: 49.427

30. David Ragan: 49.674

31. Landon Cassill: 49.755

32. Corey LaJoie: 50.166

33. JJ Yeley: 50.421

34. Cole Whitt: 50.620

35. BJ McLeod: 51.051

36. Gray Gaulding: 51.178

37. Jeffrey Earnhardt: 51.398

38. Timmy Hill: 51.747

39. Joey Gase: 55.336

40. AJ Allmendinger: 0.000

After Jamie McMurray was the fastest driver in the first round of qualifying, Busch elevated to the top spot in the second and had momentum on his side.

As seen in this video courtesy of NASCAR on NBC, Busch used that to propel himself to the fastest lap of the day en route to securing the pole:

While Busch is third in the standings in terms of points this season, he has yet to win a Cup Series race. In fact, it has been nearly a full calendar year since his last win at Indy.

Busch's playoff position isn't in much jeopardy due to how high he is in the standings, but that could change if more drivers below him win races.

Starting alongside Busch on the front row will be Kevin Harvick, while another driver with no wins in the form of McMurray will start third.

Like Busch, McMurray is in fairly good position sitting seventh in points, however, a win at the Brickyard would go a long way toward eliminating any concern.

Kyle Larson is second in the points, but he will be forced to battle his way through the field during Sunday's race after a disappointing qualifying run.

Larson failed to advance past the first cutoff, as he struggled with his handling:

He and the No. 42 car will start from the No. 25 position, but Larson has the best average finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway among active Cup Series drivers at 7.0.

Among drivers in danger of missing the Chase with no wins to their credit, Erik Jones will start ninth, Matt Kenseth will start 14th and Daniel Suarez will start 15th.

Prior to Busch's consecutive wins, the Brickyard had produced six different winners in a row, which suggests the race is very much up for grabs despite Busch's recent dominance.


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