Kyle Busch leads all active drivers with six Cup wins at Bristol, while brother Kurt has five. His older brother, Kurt, was just.002 off the pace in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford with a lap at 128.804 miles per hour. "Nobody's happy", Busch said matter-of-factly before deadpanning, "so be miserable like me and then nothing will surprise you". "I got greedy, drove in there too hard and it washed up just a smidge".
Kyle Busch earned the pole.
Rounding out the Top 10 were David Ragan, Joey Logano, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott.
In its seemingly never-ending quest to make the All-Star race more competitive and create more passing opportunities, NASCAR announced this week it will test a different aerodynamic package at the May 19 event at Charlotte Motor Speedway by requiring cars to have restrictor plates. "It's continually changing, so it works for drivers who can adapt well".
Chase Elliott ticked off the second-fastest time at 127.073 miles per hour in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He was followed by Darrell Wallace Jr.
Several recent All-Star races have featured one driver getting out in front of the field while running in clean air - and not being able to be caught.
Trevor Bayne qualified 33rd in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Ford and Chad Finchum will start 38th in the No. 66 Carl Long-owned Toyota.
"We've tried so many different things over the course of the years that I'm not so sure that you can fabricate racing into anything better than what exists", the 2015 NASCAR Cup champion said Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Kurt Busch, who was scheduled to have started second Sunday, hit the wall with about four minutes left in Saturday's final Cup practice.