Busch On Pole For 200Th Start

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Kyle Busch won the pole for his 200th NASCAR Sprint Cup career start in Sunday's Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway with a lap speed of 169.485.

The pole is Busch's seventh of his career and marks the first time he's won a pole at the 2.5-mile triangular track in 10 starts there.

"I think the biggest thing about the qualifying versus the racing here is that I can always be on top of the speed charts in practice," Busch said. "I can throw a lap together, but to continually do that during a run, during tire fall-off, during loss of fuel and the tires getting old, you really have to change what's going on."

The front row start bodes well for the driver of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as Pocono is one of his worst tracks by finishing average. He's yet to win there and only has two top-10 finishes.

"You can't run the same lap times every single time," Busch said of his runs around the tricky 2.5-mile triangular track. "You actually fall off quite a bit, actually about a second over five laps, so you change quite a bit. I think that's my biggest pitfall here, not being able to keep up with my car and the track at the same time. So maybe I can change that this time around."

Clint Bowyer will join him on the front row. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and Denny Hamlin round out the top five qualifiers.

Max Papis, Joe Nemechek, Michael McDowell, Dave Blaney, J.J. Yeley, Chad McCumbee, Geoff Bodine and David Stremme made the race on speed. Ted Musgrave failed to qualify Robby Gordon's Chevrolet for the race with Terry Cook in the Phoenix racing entry also missing Sunday's race.

The Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 is set for a 1 p.m. (ET) green flag on Sunday with live coverage provided by MRN and TNT.

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