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Kyle Busch Snags Enjoy Illinois 300 Pole; Snaps 123-Race Pole Position Drought

The Las Vegas, Nevada-native scored his first pole since the end of 2019, and his first for Richard Childress Racing.


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Kyle Busch has snapped a 123-race streak of failing to win a NASCAR Cup Series pole position, posting the quickest time in the final round of Saturday's qualifying session from WWT Raceway.

Busch, driving the No. 8 3CHI Chevrolet Camaro, posted a time of 32.802 seconds (137.187mph) to score the pole position, the Las Vegas, Nevada-native's first pole with Richard Childress Racing.

It's the 33rd pole position of Busch's career in the NASCAR Cup Series, and his first since the end of the 2019 season at Phoenix Raceway.

Ryan Blaney posted the second-fastest lap in the final round of qualifying, leaving the series' most recent winner to start on the outside of the front row. Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Martin Truex, Jr. completed the top-five.

Joey Logano, William Byron, Ross Chastain, Tyler Reddick, and Austin Cindric will complete the top-10 starters for Sunday's Enjoy Illinois 300 at WWT Raceway.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (12th), Daniel Suarez (13th), Ty Gibbs (15th), Christopher Bell (17th), Alex Bowman (18th), Brad Keselowski (19th), Kyle Larson (22nd), and Chase Briscoe (25th) were among the notables to not advance to the final round.

Carson Hocevar and Corey LaJoie - both in fill-in roles this weekend at WWT Raceway - qualified 26th (#7, Hocevar) and 30th (#9, LaJoie) in Saturday's session, and will start Sunday's 300-mile contest from outside the top-25.

Image Courtesy of Chris Graythen, Getty Images

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