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Busch on pole for Atlanta Nationwide race

Hampton, GA (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch will start on the pole for Saturday night's NRA American Warrior 300 Nationwide Series race after posting the fastest lap in qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch, who is one of five Sprint Cup Series regulars competing in this race, turned a lap at 176.280 mph for his 24th career Nationwide pole. Three of his poles have come at Atlanta. Busch has yet to win a Nationwide race at this 1.5-mile racetrack, but he has finished second in the past three events here.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the defending Nationwide champion, secured the outside pole with a lap at 176.173 mph. Kevin Harvick qualified third, followed by his fellow Sprint Cup competitors Kasey Kahne and Denny Hamlin.

Sam Hornish Jr., Elliott Sadler, the current points leader, Brad Keselowski, who is also a Sprint Cup regular, Austin Dillon and Mike Bliss completed the top-10.

Danica Patrick will start 17th in her first Nationwide race at Atlanta.

Sadler holds a 19-point advantage over Stenhouse, while Hornish trails the leader by 28 points. Dillon is 35 markers behind.

John Jackson was the only driver who failed to qualify for the 300-mile race at Atlanta, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. (ET).

09/01 17:41:27 ET


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