Kyle Busch wins first pole since 2016; could first win since then be next?

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For the first time in his NASCAR Cup career, Kyle Busch on Friday captured his first pole during qualifying at Dover International Speedway.

He’ll start Sunday’s AAA 400 from the top spot (158.954 mph) , with Martin Truex Jr. alongside (158.877 mph, his second front row start of 2017).

Busch has 11 wins at Dover over NASCAR’s all three major series, including two in the NASCAR Cup ranks.

Busch’s last pole – not to mention his last win – came at Indianapolis last summer for the Brickyard 400.

Could lightning strike again for him this Sunday?

“It feels great to beat that 78 (Truex),” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “To sit on the pole here means a little bit for us, a good pit selection for Sunday and, most importantly, gives us the track position right off the bat.”

Daniel Suarez qualified a surprisingly strong third (158.346), followed by Matt Kenseth (158.221, won this race last year) and Kyle Larson (158.179).

Click here for the full qualifying results.

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