When NBCSN asked if he thought he could win the Sprint Cup pole Friday at Pocono Raceway, Kyle Busch was pretty confident.
“Probably not,” he said.
Well, Busch went out and proved himself wrong, earning the pole for Sunday’s Windows 10 400. It’s Busch’s first Sprint Cup of the season, his second at Pocono and 17th of his career.
“I told you I had a fast car, I just wasn’t sure we could get the balance right,” Busch told NBCSN. “(Crew chief) Adam Stevens and these guys, they did it again.”
Busch’s pole-winning speed was 178.416 mph, followed by Kevin Harvick, the only other driver over 178 mph (178.168).
Joey Logano was third-fastest (177.837), followed by Austin Dillon (177.658), Tony Stewart (177.630) and teammate Kurt Busch (177.613).
Martin Truex Jr., who won at Pocono in June, qualified 13th.
Busch is going for his fourth consecutive Sprint Cup win and fifth in the last six races.
Sprint Cup teams have two practice sessions remaining on Saturday as a final tune-up for Sunday’s main event.