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His average start through the first seven races of the season is 10.9 and average finish is 8.7.

"I remember they came by, I was signing autographs at our apparel trailer in 2009, just getting into the sport ... and the kids came through and got autographs. Being handed the pole like this will hopefully help us out".

It's easy ask if Busch has lost something at Bristol, but a deeper look doesn't support an affirmative conclusion to that question.

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Kyle Busch, a victor of five Monster Energy NASCAR races and 17 overall at BMS, said the early indication Friday was that "there's a lot of bottom going on and not a whole lot of middle or top". Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has a career average finish of 10.6 and was second in the Bristol night race last August.

Kurt took to the half-mile oval quickly, winning in just his third start at the track back in 2002.

"I've always loved being at Bristol".

At least one prominent driver is in favor of the switch, with Jimmie Johnson noting that a day race at Charlotte Motor Speedway should result in a slicker track and leave the outcome more in the hands of the competitors. I'm sure [Kyle] Larson's thrilled.

"I think that moment at Martinsville is a flawless definition to the stage racing", Busch said when asked about the incident between race leader Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who was trying to stay on the lead lap, at the end of the second Martinsville stage a few weeks ago. "But Bristol is Bristol".

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Twenty-four of the 112 Cup Series races held at Bristol since 1961 have been won from the pole. Last summer's Bristol victor, Kevin Harvick, goes for his second straight win at the Tennessee track.

Kyle Busch led the field in Saturday's final practice. But Kyle Busch (14.3, five victories) is the most likely to dominate the race. Not on the list leading all active drivers with wins are the Busch brothers with five. He is winless on the year.

Veach, who was already slated to run the Indianapolis 500 for A.J. Foyt Racing, was offered a ride in the No. 21 Chevrolet for Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama earlier this week. It was to be a bulldog on the bottom lane, move guys out of the way, and let the rough edges drag. I expect the same dominance from the #2 auto that we've come to see all season with a top ten finish on Sunday. "It's such a large outcome when that happens, so it's just a different way of going about it and I haven't quite mastered it like I did before".

While this is Erik Jones' first Cup start at Bristol, he does have experience driving a Monster Energy Cup vehicle here as he subbed for Denny Hamlin back in 2015. It could be a disadvantage to Larson and Chase Elliott, who both start on the front row.

Matt Kenseth has yet to win this season and so far his luck hasn't been all that great as he only has one top five finish, but Bristol is the ideal place for him to turn that around.

Knoxville native Trevor Bayne, who finished fifth in the Food City 500 a year ago, will line up 12th Sunday. Erik Jones was second fastest at 128.649 miles per hour with Denny Hamlin (128.176 mph), Kevin Harvick (128.091 mph), and Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The Cup series was idle last week.

"I think we've had top 10 cars every week, except Texas".

"You know, I think anytime you lose good crew chiefs, you lose a little bit of strength to your company", Busch said.


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