AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kyle Busch earned the pole at Phoenix International Raceway and Jimmie Johnson escaped injury when his steering wheel came off and he crashed into the wall in NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying Friday.
Johnson was on his second lap in the final round on the mile oval when he couldn't turn and rammed into the second-turn wall at full speed. The right front of the No. 48 car took the most damage and Johnson was able to climb out after the car slid onto the grass.
Carl Edwards qualified second and Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin third, giving Toyota the top three spots for the race Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Kurt Busch was fourth.