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Kyle Busch wins the pole for the Lilly Diabetes 250

For the second year in a row Kyle Busch will be starting on the pole for the Nationwide race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was one of the last cars to cross the start/finish line in the final segment of qualifying and shot to the top of the chart with a lap of 50.031 seconds at a speed of 179.888 miles per hour. Busch’s time is a new track record for the Nationwide cars, breaking his one year-old track record. Matt Kenseth will take the green flag next to Busch after his lap of 50.304 seconds at 178.912 mph. Ty Dillon starts inside row two after his 178.402 mph run took 50.448 seconds to complete Kevin Harvick will complete row two having qualified in 50.460 seconds at a speed of 178.359 mph. Rounding out the Top 5 is points leader Chase Elliott. His lap of record was 50.617 seconds at a speed of 177.806 mph.

The rest of the qualifiers from the final segment of qualifying in order of finish: Joey Logano, Regan Smith, Chris Buesher, Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler. This pole is Busch’s 40th in 285 career Nationwide starts. It is his fourth pole of 2014. He has started in the Top 2 in all three Nationwide races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ty Dillon was the fastest qualifying rookie.

About Mike Neff

Mike Neff
What is it that Mike Neff doesn’t do? The writer, radio contributor and racetrack announcer coordinates the site’s local short track coverage, hitting up Saturday Night Specials across the country while tracking the sport’s future racing stars. The writer for our signature Sprint Cup post-race column, Thinkin’ Out Loud (Mondays) also sits down with Cup crew chiefs to talk shop every Thursday with Tech Talk. Mike works as track announcer for Millbridge Speedway and East Lincoln Speedway, local bullrings based outside of Charlotte, and pops up everywhere from Athlon Sports to SIRIUS XM Radio.

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