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NASCAR starting lineup at Atlanta: Kyle Busch wins first-ever pole after 20 tries

After finishing second in Friday's Camping World Truck Series race, Busch said, "My pit crew did absolutely nothing to help me out tonight."

Kyle Busch will lead the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup field of 36 to the green flag Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2:00 p.m. ET).

The veteran driver locked up his 28th career pole and his first at Atlanta in 20 tries after he posted a track best 184.652 mph. Ryan Newman will start second after posting 184.419 mph.

The bigger story of qualifying Friday, though, centered around a man who wasn't even on the track. Reigning Series champion Martin Truex Jr. failed to pass inspection on three attempts and will start in the back row.

Truex Jr. won seven of the 11 races on 1.5-mile tracks last season and finished in the top five nine times. He could have attempted to pass inspection one more time, but had he failed again he would have lost crew chief Cole Pearn for the race. Truex decided to cut his losses and move on.

All eyes will be on Georgia native Chase Elliott this weekend as he looks to capture his first Cup Series win at his hometown track. Back in the No. 9 car, a number made famous by his Hall of Fame father Bill, Elliott will start 27th after a disappointing qualifying round.

Austin Dillon, who won last week's Daytona 500 will start 25th.

(17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 183.722 mph

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Starting lineup for the QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500

  1. (18) Kyle Busch, 184.652 mph
  2. (31) Ryan Newman, 184.419 mph
  3. (4) Kevin Harvick, 184.388 mph
  4. (19) Daniel Suarez, 184.229 mph
  5. (2) Brad Keselowski, 183.856 mph
  6. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 183.722 mph
  7. (41) Kurt Busch, 183.485 mph
  8. (42) Kyle Larson, 183.449 mph
  9. (14) Clint Bowyer, 182.284 mph
  10. (20) Erik Jones, 181.052 mph
  11. (10) Aric Almirola, 0.00 mph
  12. (11) Denny Hamlin, 0.00 mph
  13. (1) Jamie McMurray, 182.825 mph
  14. (95) Kasey Kahne, 182.507 mph
  15. (21) Paul Menard, 182.464 mph
  16. (22) Joey Logano, 182.129 mph
  17. (34) Michael McDowell, 181.955 mph
  18. (88) Alex Bowman, 181.634 mph
  19. (43) Darrell Wallace Jr., 181.467 mph
  20. (6) Trevor Bayne, 181.307 mph
  21. (47) AJ Allmendinger, 181.248 mph
  22. (48) Jimmie Johnson, 181.236 mph
  23. (24) William Byron, 180.804 mph
  24. (37) Chris Buescher, 0.00 mph
  25. (3) Austin Dillon, 181.753 mph
  26. (12) Ryan Blaney, 181.550 mph
  27. (9) Chase Elliott, 181.082 mph
  28. (13) Ty Dillon, 180.293 mph
  29. (38) David Ragan, 180.117 mph
  30. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, 178.914 mph
  31. (23) Gray Gaulding, 0.00 mph
  32. (72) Cole Whitt, 177.045 mph
  33. (00) Jeffrey Earnhardt, 174.362 mph
  34. (15) Ross Chastain, 174.362
  35. (78) Martin Truex Jr., 0.00 mph
  36. (51) Harrison Rhodes, 0.00 mph