Kyle Busch nips Newman to win pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Snickers Almond Toyota, poses with the Pole Award after qualifying for the pole position for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 23, 2018 in Hampton, Georgia. Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)

Kyle Busch won the pole for the second race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season, edging Ryan Newman in a close battle at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch overcame handling problems in the first two rounds of qualifying Friday to win the pole with a lap of 184.652 mph in the third round. Busch beat Newman's 184.419 mph. Kevin Harvick qualified third.

Busch won his 28th career pole, and his first at Atlanta.

Rookie Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr., who finished second last week in the Daytona 500, qualified 19th.

Defending NASCAR Cup champion Martin Truex will start last in the 36-car field. His car did not pass inspection.


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