Kurt Busch wins the Pole for the Coca-Cola 600, Chevrolet flexes their speed

For the 28th time in his career, Kurt Busch topped the qualifying charts in what is currently the only scheduled qualifying session for the foreseeable future in NASCAR’s return to action.

Busch beat Jimmie Johnson by just 0.009 seconds. Johnson has won the Coca-Cola 600 four times, no other active driver has won the event more than twice. This is the final full-time season for the seven-time Cup Series champion and very possibly the final time Johnson will compete in the 600-mile race.

Chevrolet dominated the speed charts, sweeping the top-6 spots along with seven of the Top-10. They include three of the four Hendrick Motorsports cars (#48 – 2nd, #9 – 3rd, #24 – 10th), both Chip Ganassi Racing teams (#1 – 1st, #42 – 4th), and both Richard Childress Racing teams (#8 – 5th, #3 – 6th).

Qualifying was halted on three occasions for an incident on the track. The #7 of Tommy Baldwin Racing have made their return along with NASCAR but ran into a snag during qualifying when JJ Yeley suffered a flat tire at the end of his run. It came as a result of a tire rub throughout his lap, an issue many teams seemed to have in their runs but no one else suffered a flat tire.

At the rear of the field will be two Ford drivers that both sit in the Top-10 in points entering Sunday night’s race. Matt DiBenedetto qualified 33rd but will start at the back due to a backup car after slapping the wall coming out of Turn 4. While coming to the green flag, Aric Almirola’s car broke loose and spun in almost the same spot as DiBenedetto. Almirola didn’t suffer any damage from the spin, but failed to post a qualifying time and will start 40th.

Full Coca-Cola Starting Lineup:

11Kurt BuschChip Ganassi RacingChevroletGEARWRENCH29.790
248Jimmie JohnsonHendrick MotorsportsChevroletAlly Patriotic29.799
39Chase ElliottHendrick MotorsportsChevroletNAPA Auto Parts29.834
442Matt KensethChip Ganassi RacingChevroletMcDelivery29.847
58Tyler Reddick #Richard Childress RacingChevroletAlsco Uniforms29.850
63Austin DillonRichard Childress RacingChevroletCoca-Cola29.877
722Joey LoganoTeam PenskeFordShell Pennzoil29.925
819Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs RacingToyotaBass Pro Shops / TRACKER / USO29.946
92Brad KeselowskiTeam PenskeFordMiller Lite29.953
1024William ByronHendrick MotorsportsChevroletLiberty University Patriotic29.956
1118Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs RacingToyotaM&M’s Red White Blue30.019
1288Alex BowmanHendrick MotorsportsChevroletChevyGood.com / NOCO Patriotic30.020
1311Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyotaFedEx #SupportSmall30.027
1420Erik JonesJoe Gibbs RacingToyotaDEWALT Atomic Thank You30.033
1595Christopher Bell #Leavine Family RacingToyotaRheem30.042
1613Ty DillonGermain RacingChevroletGEICO Military30.059
1747Ricky Stenhouse Jr.JTG Daugherty RacingChevroletKroger30.071
186Ryan NewmanRoush Fenway RacingFordRoman30.072
1917Chris BuescherRoush Fenway RacingFordFifth Third Bank30.081
2014Clint BowyerStewart-Haas RacingFordRush / Mobil Delvac 130.095
2177Ross Chastain (i)Spire MotorsportsChevroletAdventHealth30.150
224Kevin HarvickStewart-Haas RacingFordBusch Light30.156
2343Bubba WallaceRichard Petty MotorsportsChevroletUS Air Force30.172
2432Corey LaJoieGo FAS RacingFordARK.io30.183
2538John Hunter Nemechek #Front Row MotorsportsFordYANMAR30.254
2612Ryan BlaneyTeam PenskeFordDEX Imaging30.313
2734Michael McDowellFront Row MotorsportsFordLove’s Travel Stops30.324
2841Cole Custer #Stewart-Haas RacingFordHaasTooling.com30.334
2937Ryan PreeceJTG Daugherty RacingChevroletScott Products30.352
3000Quin Houff #StarCom RacingChevroletGood Greek Movers30.848
3127Gray GauldingRick Ware RacingFordPanini America31.160
3266Timmy Hill (i)MBM MotorsportsToyotaRoofClaim.com31.234
3321Matt DiBenedettoWood Brothers RacingFordMenards / FVP31.452
347JJ Yeley (i)Tommy Baldwin RacingChevrolet 31.480
3515Brennan Poole #Premium MotorsportsChevroletIn Memory of SFC Nathan Chapman31.502
3678BJ McLeod (i)BJ McLeod MotorsportsFordCircle Track Warehouse31.590
3796Daniel SuarezGaunt Brothers RacingToyotaToday. Tomorrow. Toyota.31.858
3853Garrett Smithley (i)Rick Ware RacingChevroletVictory Lane Quick Oil Change31.971
3951Joey Gase (i)Rick Ware RacingFordAgri Supply33.538
4010Aric AlmirolaStewart-Haas RacingFordSmithfield0.000

Author: Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey (@TomBaileyScoop) grew up in the backyard of Chicagoland Speedway, making a passion for all motorsports inevitable. Tom is entering his first full year of racing coverage in 2020 as the owner and founder of InfieldScoop.com. You can contact him at [email protected]

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