Brother Knocks Brother Off of Pole
The reigning series champion, Kyle Busch's pole-winning car failed post-qualifying technical inspection Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, putting his big brother Kurt Busch on the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race.
NASCAR Stated that the rear toe* was off on Kyle Busch car, however there will be no further penalties.
"The parts move, everything moves, so you expect it to be a little bit different," Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens stated. "This is the first opportunity we've had to gather post information, was right now, and it's game time and it was too much. ... Just the amount of load on the track moves everything a little bit, and that little bit was a little bit too much."
By virtue of "Rowdy's" disqualification, the elder Busch, Kurt, will slide over to the pole position with the next best speed of 191.582 mph. Kurt will be joined on the front row by Jamie McMurray, who scored a best speed of 190.130 mph.
The field for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (FOX, 12:30 p.m. ET) will the the middle of a Busch Brother Sandwich as Kyle is relegated to the last place spot on the starting grid.
* Toe is the way the wheel points (the front or rear of the wheel pointing inwardly or outwardly). These two factors are vitally important to the way a car handles because they determine how well a tire makes contact with the track!