Kyle Busch Sweeps Both Poles at Richmond, A Career First

By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on

Earlier in the day Friday Kyle Busch went out and threw down a lap of 124.098 mph, which was enough to secure the NASCAR Nationwide Series pole at Richmond. Busch will lead the field to the green in tonight’s Bubba Burgers 250. Rolling off alongside Busch will be Reed Sorenson in second, followed by Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano.

However Busch wouldn’t stop there.

Kyle would go on to capture the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole for Saturday’s Heath Calhoun 400. Busch’s turned a blazingly fast 127.077 mph lap. David Reutimann backed up his strong practice run by qualifying second. Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gordon, who have had some serious issues with each other the past two weeks will start next to each other in row two. Ryan Newman rounds out the top-five starters for Saturday night’s race.

This is the first time in Kyle Busch’s career that he has swept Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series poles at the same track… can he go on to have a complete sweep this weekend? Don’t bet against him, Busch swept both of these events in 2009.

Author: Toby Christie

Toby is the Editor of and Social Media Director of all things @TheFinalLap. He is the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly radio show and podcast, and he is the writer and co-host of the Racing Legends podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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