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TRUCKS: Busch On Pole For O’Reilly 200

Kyle Busch captured the pole for tonight’s O’Reilly 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Busch’s engine, however, had a problem with a valve cover, which will force him to start the race at the rear because this is an impound race and his crew had to repair his engine before the race.

SPEED’s live coverage of tonight’s race begins at 7:30 P.M. ET with the “NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Set-Up,” hosted by Krista Voda.

Busch, the two-time defending Truck Series race winner at Bristol, lapped the high-banked, 0.533-mile oval at 122.968 miles per hour in his No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra.

That was good enough to give Busch his first pole in six career Truck Series starts at Bristol, one of his favorite tracks, especially since it was repaved a couple of seasons back.

“Bristol used to be a track where you could charge the corners a little bit and get it right in and down to the bottom of the track,” said Busch. “You kind of would go through the middle of the corner and then slingshot out on the exits. And now it’s just so smooth that you’re easy in, you’re kind of easy through the center, and easy off. The track is a little slower than I think it was because they reduced some banking in order to put sort of the progressive banking into it to make the outside groove better for the fans.”

Qualifying behind Busch was James Buescher in the Wolf Pack Rentals Chevrolet Silverado, which had a lap of 122.733 mph.

Third fast was the No. 2 GT Vodka-sponsored Kevin Harvick Inc. driven by Elliott Sadler, who ran 122.591 mph. Then it was Johnny Sauter in the No. 13 IN Country Television Chevrolet from ThorSport Racing and four-time NCWTS Champ Ron Hornaday Jr. in his No. 33 Tide-sponsored KHI Chevy.

The second five was Brad Keselowski, Timothy Peters, Mike Skinner, Stacy Compton and Donny Lia.

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Tom Jensen is the Editor in Chief of SPEED.com, Senior NASCAR Editor at RACER and a contributing Editor for TruckSeries.com. You can follow him online at twitter.com/tomjensen100 and e-mail him at Jensen is the author of “Cheating: The Bad Things Good NASCAR Nextel Cup Racers Do In Pursuit of Speed,” and has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. Jensen is the past President of the National Motorsports Press Association and an NMPA Writer of the Year.

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