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Busch wins Darlington Nationwide pole


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DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Kyle Busch won the pole position for Friday night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, ruling afternoon qualifying with a 172.584-mph lap at Darlington Raceway.

Busch, a Sprint Cup regular with a Nationwide Series-best four wins this season, landed his third Nationwide pole of the season. He also led an impressive sweep of the first four starting spots by Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas.

Elliott Sadler, the series' championship runner-up the past two years, will start second after a 172.523 mph qualifying effort. Teammates Matt Kenseth and Brian Vickers will start third and fourth, respectively, on the second row in the VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

Turner Scott Motorsports' Justin Allgaier was fifth-fastest behind the Gibbs stronghold.

Nationwide series points leader Regan Smith, last weekend's winner at Talladega Superspeedway, will start 11th in the 200.8-mile race. He'll start right behind Sam Hornish Jr., the second-place driver in the standings, who qualified ninth.

Only Jason Bowles and former Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope failed to qualify for the 40-car field.


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