HAMPTON, GA – The main story from Friday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway was Martin Truex Jr. failed qualifying inspection. His No. 78 Toyota failed the new inspection system three times, as he will start last in 36th place as a result.
In qualifying itself, another Toyota found speed.
Kyle Busch earned his 28th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series pole by turning a lap around the 1.54-mile Georgia track at a speed of 184.652 mph in his No. 18 Toyota. It was Busch’s first career pole in Atlanta.
Ryan Newman will roll off along side in his No. 31 Chevrolet as the Richard Childress Racing driver turned a lap of 184.419 mph. It was Newman’s 12th career front row start in Atlanta as he nearly won his record setting eight pole at the track.
Kevin Harvick who was quickest in the second round of qualifying will start third (184.388 mph) while Daniel Suarez (184.229 mph) and Brad Keselowski (183.856 mph) rounded out the top five.
Keselowski, was quickest in the first round.
Several notable drivers were eliminated in the first round, including Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott. They will start 25th through 27th respectively.
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman
Row 2: Kevin Harvick, Daniel Suarez
Row 3: Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 4: Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson
Row 5: Clint Bowyer, Erik Jones
Row 6: Aric Almirola, Denny Hamlin
Row 7: Jamie McMurray, Kasey Kahne
Row 8: Paul Menard, Joey Logano
Row 9: Michael McDowell, Alex Bowman
Row 10: Darrell Wallace Jr. R, Trevor Bayne
Row 11: AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson
Row 12: William Byron R, Chris Buescher
Row 13: Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney
Row 14: Chase Elliott, Ty Dillon
Row 15: David Ragan, Matt DiBenedetto
Row 16: Gray Gaulding, Cole Whitt
Row 17: Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ross Chastain
Row 18: Martin Truex Jr., Harrison Rhodes