RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kyle Busch has won the pole for Saturday night's NASCAR race at Richmond International Raceway with a fast lap at 127.077 mph.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver turned the lap as the 19th of 47 cars attempting to qualify, easily beating David Reutimann for the top spot. Reutimann's speed was 126.618 mph.
The pole is just the sixth of Busch's career in NASCAR's premier series, and gives him his choice of pit stalls as he defends his victory in this race a year ago.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, who said the air has been cleared in their well-publicized fued of the past two weeks, will start in the second row, followed by Ryan Newman, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick and Jamie McMurray.