Kyle Busch fires first shot in NASCAR’s Chase at Chicagoland

JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 12: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 12, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M's Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 12, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
JOLIET, IL – SEPTEMBER 12: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 12, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

The rain, rain didn’t go away Friday at Chicagoland Speedway, and that was just fine with Kyle Busch. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was awarded the pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 when rain washed out the knockout qualifying session. Busch was awards the pole based on his top speed in the opening practice session earlier in the day. Busch put down a lap of 191.442 mph; that was more than two miles-per-hour faster than Joey Logano’s 2013 track qualifying record of 189.414 mph.

“Practice for us went pretty well,” Busch said. “It started out slow, but the guys did a real nice job on the M&M’s Camry today to get us to where we needed to be. Everybody back at the shop is building some great stuff and TRD (Toyota Racing Development) making some improvements for the Chase here this weekend and whatnot. “

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