Kyle and Kurt Busch starting 1-2 in Texas Cup race

Kyle Busch is all smiles after capturing the pole.
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Kyle Busch is all smiles after capturing the pole.

FORT WORTH — The Busch brothers will start on the front row for the second time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after younger brother Kyle set a Texas qualifying record with a lap of 196.299 miles per hour Friday night. That knocked Kurt off the pole, but not off the front row for the NRA 500 on Saturday night.

‘‘Not too shabby of a day. . . . I feel like we have a good piece for the race,’’ Kyle Busch said. ‘‘It felt that good. Sometimes you feel that good and it’s not very fast.’’

It took that record lap by Kyle to knock Kurt Busch off the pole after his lap of 195.688 m.p.h.


‘‘A track record is a small feather in the cap,’’ Kurt Busch said. ‘‘The fact that it’s Kyle, I wouldn’t want to lose to anybody other than him, but it is bitter that I did lose to him.’’

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Kyle Busch went almost immediately from the Sprint Cup qualifying to his Nationwide car, where he edged Brad Keselowski in the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 for his third straight Nationwide win and sixth overall at Texas.

Richard Petty teammates Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose will start in the second row Saturday. Series points leader Jimmie Johnson, who won at Texas last fall, starts seventh after a lap of 194.503 m.p.h.

Greg Biffle, who won at Texas last April, was 35th after a lap of 190.921 m.p.h.

‘‘I was kind of tight in the middle of [turns] three and four and had to come out of the gas,’’ Biffle said. ‘‘I had a really, really fast car, but we’ll have to come from the back. It will be all right.’’


The only time the Busch brothers started on the front row together was at Las Vegas in 2009, when Kyle also had the pole and won that race. Kurt finished 23d that day.

They have never finished 1-2 in a Sprint Cup race, but they came close at Texas.

Kurt Busch won the 2009 fall race at Texas, a weekend when Kyle was trying to win all three of NASCAR’s national series on the same weekend.

Kyle ran out of fuel late and finished 11th.

Kyle Busch has his second Cup pole this season, and the first in his career at Texas. Kurt Busch’s best qualifying spot this season had been 10th at California, though he has two top-five finishes this season.


‘‘Real happy with the way the car unloaded right off the truck,’’ Kurt Busch said. ‘‘For us to be second, outside pole, it’s a great achievement from where we had been in a few weeks past for qualifying.’’