Kurt Busch inherits pole after brother Kyle fails inspection

HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 26:  Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet, poses with the pole award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2016 in Hampton, Georgia.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 26: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet, poses with the pole award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 26, 2016 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch was going to lead the Sprint Cup field to the green Sunday after winning his first career pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday evening.  However, in post qualifying inspection NASCAR said the rear toe was off on the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Busch and disallowed his qualifying time. NASCAR said there would be no further penalties, but Kyle will start from the back of the 39-car field and older brother Kurt will start from the pole.  NASCAR made the announcement at 7:15 p.m.

Busch, who didn’t race here last year due to an injury, put down a lap of 28.925, 191.668 miles per hour near the 1:30 mark of the final five minute session, initially knocking off his older brother Kurt who had grabbed the pole near the three minute mark.  Due to the time being disallowed however, Kurt Busch will now start on pole with Jamie McMurray moving up to the front row in the second starting spot.  The pole is the 20th of Kurt’s career, and his first at Atlanta.

“It’s an awesome run that the car had in it,” Busch said after learning he had inherited the pole.

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