It’s a family affair up front for Sunday’s Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Both Busch brothers will share the front row, with Kyle Busch earning his second Busch Pole Award on the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and his brother Kurt Busch starting second.
The younger Busch, circled the .533-mile Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway with a lap of 128.822 mph in his No. 18 Toyota in the third and final round of qualifying, en route to his 29th of his Cup career, two of which now coming at Bristol.
The elder brother turned a lap of 128.804 mph in his No. 41 Ford, for his second straight front row starting spot. He started on the pole last weekend in Texas. This is also the third time ever that both brothers have shared the front row. The last time happened at Texas in 2013 and the first in their hometown race at Las Vegas in 2009.
Brad Keselowski qualified third in his No. 2 Ford while Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five to give Fords four of the top five starting spots for Sunday’s race.
Kevin Harvick crashed in practice earlier and didn’t make a qualifying attempt later on in the day in his backup car. Jimmie Johnson will join him in the back after discovering a cut tire as he will forego his 17th place qualifying spot as a result.
Also joining them in the back is Denny Hamlin (24th), Martin Truex Jr. (25th), Ryan Newman (30th) and Jamie McMurray (31st). All obviously qualified one spot further back, but Johnson moving to the rear moves them up a spot.
Food City 500 Starting Lineup
Row 1: Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch
Row 2: Brad Keselowski, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Row 3: Ryan Blaney, Kyle Larson
Row 4: Paul Menard, Alex Bowman
Row 5: Michael McDowell, Joey Logano
Row 6: William Byron R, Daniel Suarez
Row 7: Erik Jones, Clint Bowyer
Row 8: Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott
Row 9: AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola
Row 10: Darrell Wallace Jr. R, Austin Dillon
Row 11: Chris Buescher, David Ragan
Row 12: Matt DiBenedetto, Denny Hamlin
Row 13: Martin Truex Jr., Ross Chastain R
Row 14: Gray Gaulding, Landon Cassill
Row 15: Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray
Row 16: Ty Dillon, Trevor Bayne
Row 17: Corey LaJoie, DJ Kennington
Row 18: Harrison Rhodes R, Chad Finchum
Row 19: Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick