Sunday, February 6, 2022

Kyle Busch’s Clash Pole

Kyle Busch’s Clash Pole

#18 Turned a 13.745 Second Lap


Kyle Busch turned a lap in 13.745 seconds (65.489 mph) Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to pace single-car qualifying for Sunday’s Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum.


That means Busch will start from the pole in the first of four 25-lap heat races on Sunday, each featuring nine cars on the quarter-mile pavement track built specifically for the event, which features the competitive debut of NASCAR’s Next Gen Cup Series car.


“I never would have thunk it,” said Busch, the only Toyota driver in the top 14 in time trials. “I don’t know, you know, it’s pretty cool. It’s just different with the opportunity to do something like this. NASCAR took a lot of flak on what this was going to look like and what it was going to be. But we’re having a great time. We had a bunch of fans come out just to witness the qualifying.



“I’m looking forward to seeing what this place will look like (Sunday) and have the opportunity to race this No. 18 Toyota and keep it up front. We’re not in (the main event) yet—we still have to go through that heat race.”


All 36 Charter teams are in Los Angeles, but only 23 will make the final show on Sunday night under the lights.


How the Busch Light Clash Works

• Sunday, Feb. 6: Heat races


Schedule: 3 p.m. ET, FOX (NASCAR RaceDay comes on at 2 p.m. ET)


There will be four 25-lap heat races with nine cars in each race Sunday, with those events starting at 3 p.m. ET on FOX. The four fastest cars from Saturday’s single-car qualifying — Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, Justin Haley, Joey Logano — are on the pole position for each heat race (fastest speed in the first heat race, second fastest speed in the second heat race, etc.).


The first heat race consists of cars with qualifying speeds ranked one, five, nine, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29 and 33 on the speed chart. The second heat race will consist of cars with qualifying speeds ranked two, six, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30 and 34. And so on.


• How to advance from the heat race to the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum


The top four finishers in each heat race — 16 total cars ¬— will automatically advance through to the Clash later in the evening. The winner of the first heat race will start on the pole, with the outside pole going to the winner of the second heat race.


The winners of heat race three and four will make up the second row. The remaining order for the 16 cars will be filled out in the same manner.



source: NASCAR Media

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