Kurt Busch wins Pocono pole in shortened qualifying session

LONG POND, PA - JUNE 05:  Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, left, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta "We Paint Winners" 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 5, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

LONG POND, PA – JUNE 05: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, left, poses with Miss Coors Light Amanda Mertz and the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400 at Pocono Raceway on June 5, 2015 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The track known as the “Tricky Triangle” played a trick on the field Friday as the final NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying round was shortened leaving several drivers wondering what could have been.  Kurt Busch was leading the field in the final five minutes when Denny Hamlin spun in the final minute. NASCAR threw the red flag with only 39 seconds left; not enough time for the remainder of the field to get a lap in. NASCAR called the session awarding Busch the pole and leaving five of 12 drivers without even a chance to make even one lap.

As a result of the stoppage, Busch’s speed of 177.599 mph, 50.676 seconds, around the 2.5 mile trioval awarded him his third pole of 2015. It is his second pole at Pocono Raceway the first coming in June of 2011.

“I think we were 30th in practice,” Busch said. MORE>>>

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