Kyle Busch, driving the #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota, will lead the field to green after winning the Coors Light Pole Award for the 42nd Annual Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway known as the Tricky Triangle. Busch won the pole with a lap of 50.444 seconds or 178.416 mph during Round 3 of qualifying Friday afternoon.
After three consecutive victories and four of the last five Ky. Busch claims his first pole of the 2015 season. Ky. Busch has 17 career poles in 375 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, including winning a pole every season dating back to 2008.
“I knew it had some speed,” said Busch. “We just had to fine-tune it and put it in the right perspective for these three corners at this race track. And that was pretty good right there, not too shabby. It’s a good starting spot for us on Sunday. I like to see that clean air out front.”
If Busch wins at Pocono, he would become the first driver since Jimmie Johnson in 2007 to score four consecutive victories (Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, and Martinsville Speedway). This has been accomplished 14 times in NASCAR history, but only twice in the past 20 years, with Jeff Gordon winning four straight in 1998 (Pocono Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Watkins Glen International and Michigan International Speedway).
Besides Gordon and Johnson the following drivers who accomplished this feat were Billy Wade (1964), David Pearson (1966 and 1968), Richard Petty (10 consecutive races in 1967 and 1971), Bobby Allison (1971), Cale Yarborough (1976), Darrell Waltrip (1981), Dale Earnhardt (1987), Harry Gant (1991), Bill Elliott (1992), and Mark Martin (1993).
“We’d love nothing more than to be able to go to Pocono this weekend and be able to capitalize on another victory and make it four in a row and knock off another racetrack that I have yet to score a win,” said Busch. “It would be pretty cool.”
Busch is only 23 points away from the top-30 in the standings; NASCAR granted him a waiver that would make him eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship provided he be ranked inside the top-30 in the standings. In the past five races, included the 17th place finish at Daytona International Speedway at the first of the month, Busch has decreased 150 points off his deficit.
Busch has not won at Pocono in 21 starts at the tri-oval track, but with another strong run Busch could hit the top-30 after Sunday’s race. When asked if he’s ever seen so many things going in the right direction, Busch said, “I’ve had plenty of times in my career when they’ve all gone in the wrong direction, so this is a sweet change from that.”
Kevin Harvick will start second, followed by Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, and Tony Stewart in fifth. The following drivers sixth through twelve are as follows; Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Gordon, Denny Hamlin and Johnson.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will present the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway with race coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, Aug. 2 on NBCSP