By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Kyle Busch turned a lap at 182.100 mph in the final round of knockout qualifying to take the top spot for Saturday afternoon’s Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway.
It was the eighth pole of 2016 and 56th of Busch’s XFINITY Series career, but his first at Kansas in 12 starts.
Kyle Larson qualified third, spoiling a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep of the top-three starting positions as Erik Jones qualified second with teammate Daniel Suarez fourth.
In addition to Busch and Larson, four other Sprint Cup Series drivers are pulling double duty at Kansas: Austin Dillon (qualified 6th), Regan Smith (7th), Joey Logano (11th), and Matt DiBenedetto (13th).
Three of the eight remaining Chase drivers failed to advance to the final round: Darrell Wallace Jr (15th), Brendan Gaughan (18th) and Ryan Reed (22nd). In 15 XFINITY races held at Kansas, none of the eight Chase contenders have visited victory lane.
The Kansas Lottery 300 will be broadcast on NBC beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET with radio coverage available on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
The full starting lineup, via NASCAR, can be found here.