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Kyle Busch shows speed for Joe Gibbs Racing as Toyota takes 2 of top 3 spots in qualifying

  • Kyle Busch drives his car qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Bank of America Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Busch won the pole position for the race with a lap of 197.390 mph. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Kyle Busch drives his car qualifying for Saturday's NASCAR Bank of America Sprint Cup series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. Busch won the pole position for the race with a lap of 197.390 mph. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jeff Gordon, left, talks with Ray Evernham, right, during practice for Saturday's NASCAR Bank of America Sprint Cup series auto race in Concord, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

    Jeff Gordon, left, talks with Ray Evernham, right, during practice for Saturday's NASCAR Bank of America Sprint Cup series auto race in Concord, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kyle Busch looks from the garage area before practice for Saturday's NASCAR Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

    Kyle Busch looks from the garage area before practice for Saturday's NASCAR Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)  (The Associated Press)

Kyle Busch has won the pole for Saturday night's race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where Joe Gibbs Racing could surge into the championship race.

Busch qualified first for JGR with a lap at 197.390 mph in Thursday qualifying to put his Toyota in the top starting spot. Jeff Gordon failed to bump Busch for the pole, turning a lap at 197.217 for Hendrick Motorsports. Gibbs driver Denny Hamlin qualified third.

Five drivers racing for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship failed to advance to the final round of qualifying. Neither Joey Logano or Brad Keselowski advanced, and Keselowski needs a strong run to avoid elimination.

Also off in qualifying was six-time and defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, who is ranked last in the 12-driver Chase field.