Busch edges Johnson for Coca Cola 600 poles

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Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson will lead the field in the Coca Cola 600 on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway after NASCAR’s first qualifying since its return to the green flag.

The Coca Cola 600 is the third race in the Cup series this week after two races were held in Darlington last Sunday and Wednesday. Motorsport is returning for the first time since the world was blocked by corona virus.

William Byron’s lap at 180.264 mph was enough to secure him provisional pole at the start of the practice session.

But it wouldn’t last as teammate Jimmie Johnson, a four-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600, took the top spot with a lap of 181.214 km / h.

Without practice, the route was tricky for some. J.J. Yeley cut a left rear tire while running after rubbing the tires heavily in his lap.

Matt DiBenedetto hit the wall at the exit of Turn 4 during his lap, forcing the Wood Brothers to roll out the replacement car.

Shortly afterwards, Aric Almirola turned to the side and lightly touched the outer wall as his car slid into the infield.

Busch edges Johnson for Coca Cola 600 poles

Busch edges Johnson for Coca Cola 600 poles

Several drivers fired on Johnson’s lap, but none seemed to outperform the # 48 machine.

Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing was able to put Johnson out of the game in the final moments of the session and reached pole position in just 0.009 seconds (181.269 mph).

For Busch, this is his 28th career pole and his first in NACAR’s longest race.

“I’m just so proud of Matt McCall (crew chief) and all of our guys and the way we have to communicate and get through everything now, like these last minute details and these tweaks,” said Busch.

“I mean, wow. What a Chevrolet and being in front is pretty cute.

“It’s a great pole. I was really more prepared for downforce and ready for 600 miles.

“That means Matt McCall has something up his sleeve and we should be good tonight! ‘

This is Johnson’s seventh start in the front row at Charlotte Motor Speedway and his fourth in the 600.

Chase Elliott finished third, Matt Kenseth fourth, Tyler Reddick fifth, Austin Dillon sixth, Joey Logano seventh, Martin Truex Jr. eighth, Brad Keselowski ninth and William Byron tenth.

Complete Coca Cola 600 qualification results

Pos driver team time gap
1 Kurt Busch Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29.790s – – 1
2nd Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29,799s 0.009s 1
3rd Chase Elliott Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29,834s 0.044 s 1
4th Matt Kenseth Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 29,847s 0.057s 1
5 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29,850s 0.060 s 1
6 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 29,877s 0.087 s 1
7 Joey Logano Team Penske ford 29,925s 0.135 s 1
8th Martin Truex Jr. Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 29,946s 0.156 s 1
9 Brad Keselowski Team Penske ford 29,953s 0.163 s 1
10th William Byron Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 29,956s 0.166 s 1
11 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.019s 0.229s 1
12 Alex Bowman Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 30.020s 0.230s 1
13 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.027s 0.237 s 1
14 Erik Jones Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 30.033s 0.243 s 1
fifteen Christopher Bell Leavine Family Racing Toyota 30,042s 0.252 s 1
16 Ty Dillon Germain Racing Chevrolet 30.059s 0.269s 1
17th Ricky Stenhouse Jr. JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 30.071s 0.281s 1
18th Ryan Newman Roush Fenway Racing ford 30,072s 0.282 s 1
19th Chris Buescher Roush Fenway Racing ford 30,081s 0.291s 1
20th Clint Bowyer Stewart-Haas Racing ford 30,095s 0.305 s 1
21st Ross Chastain Spire Motorsports Chevrolet 30.150s 0.360s 1
22 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing ford 30.156s 0.366 s 1
23 Darrell Wallace Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet 30.172s 0.382 s 1
24th Corey LaJoie Go FAS Racing ford 30.183s 0.393 s 1
25th John Hunter Nemechek Motorsport in the front row ford 30.254s 0.464s 1
26 Ryan Blaney Team Penske ford 30,313s 0.523s 1
27th Michael McDowell Motorsport in the front row ford 30,324s 0.534s 1
28 Cole Custer Stewart-Haas Racing ford 30,334s 0.544 s 1
29 Ryan Preece JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 30.352s 0.562s 1
30th Quin Houff StarCom Racing Chevrolet 30.848s 1,058s 1
31 Gray gaulding Rick Ware Racing ford 31.160s 1,370s 1
32 Timmy Hill MBM Motorsport Toyota 31.234s 1.444s 1
33 Matt DiBenedetto Wood Brothers Racing ford 31,452s 1,662s 1
34 J.J. Yeley Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 31.480s 1.690s 1
35 Brennan Poole Premium motorsport Chevrolet 31.502s 1.712s 1
36 B. J. McLeod BJ McLeod Motorsport Chevrolet 31.590s 1,800s 1
37 Daniel Suarez Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota 31.858s 2.068s 1
38 Garrett Smithley Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 31,971s 2,181s 1
39 Joey gases Petty Ware Racing ford 33.538s 3.748s 1
40 Aric Almirola Stewart-Haas Racing ford – – – – 0

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