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FORT WORTH, TEXAS (AP) - Move over, brother.
The Busch brothers will start on the front row for the second time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after younger brother Kyle set a Texas qualifying record with a lap of 196.299 mph Friday night. That knocked Kurt off the pole, but not off the front row for Saturday night’s race.
“Not too shabby of a day. … I feel like we have a good piece for the race,” Kyle Busch said. “It felt that good. Sometimes you feel that good and it’s not very fast.”
Kyle Busch went almost immediately from the Cup qualifying run in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to climbing into his Nationwide car and starting second in that race.
Series points leader Jimmie Johnson, who won at Texas last fall, starts seventh after a lap of 194.503 mph in his Chevrolet. Richard Petty teammates Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose start their Fords in the second row.
Greg Biffle, who won at Texas last April, qualified 35th in his Ford after a lap of 190.921 mph.
“I was kind of tight in the middle of (turns) three and four and had to come out of the gas,” Biffle said. “I had a really, really fast car, but we’ll have to come from the back. It will be all right.”
They have never finished 1-2 in a Sprint Cup race, but they came close at Texas.
“The two of us had the fastest two cars,” Kurt Busch said.
Kyle Busch has his second Cup pole this season, and the first in his career at Texas. Kurt Busch’s best qualifying spot this season had been 10th at California, though he has two top-five finishes this season in the No. 78 owned by Barney Visser.
“Real happy with the way the car unloaded right off the truck,” Kurt Busch said. “For us to be second, outside pole, it’s a great achievement from where we had been in a few weeks past for qualifying.”
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