Pocono NASCAR: Kurt Busch on pole in red-flagged qualifying session

Kurt Busch took his second NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position of the season at Pocono, as the session ended under red flags

Pocono NASCAR: Kurt Busch on pole in red-flagged qualifying session

Only seven cars set a laptime in the 12-car shootout, before Denny Hamlin had a spin at Turn 1 with 39 seconds remaining

That meant drivers wouldn't have enough time to get back around for flying laps had qualifying resumed so NASCAR declared the session over.

Stewart-Haas Chevrolet driver Busch jumped to the top of the order after the first wave of drivers set times, with Carl Edwards joining him on the front row.

Martin Truex Jr - who qualified second last week at Dover and sits second in the overall points standings - starts third, ahead of six-time Pocono winner Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick.

Harvick topped the first two qualifying segments, but his lap was only enough for fifth in the shootout, with Austin Dillon scoring a season high starting position of sixth. Brad Keselowski was the last to set a time seveth.

The drivers caught out by the red flag started with its instigator Hamlin in eighth, followed by last week's winner Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne rounding out the top 12.

Kyle Larson missed out on the top 12 pole shootout after scoring the pole at the last Pocono race in August 2014, and having scored a season-best third position last week at Dover.

Another noteable absentee from the final was Dale Earnhardt Jr, who won both Pocono races last year. The Hendrick Motorsports driver will start 20th.

Controversy ensued at the end of the first segment when Greg Biffle delivered a last minute lap to jump into the second part of qualifying.

However, NASCAR officials ruled that Biffle didn't make it across the start/finish line before the end of the session and his time was nullified.

Also attempting late round one laps were last week's surprise top five finisher Aric Almirola and two-time Cup champion Tony Stewart. Neither made it into the second part of qualifying.

STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap
1 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 50.676s -
2 Carl Edwards Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.690s 0.014s
3 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 50.698s 0.022s
4 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.787s 0.111s
5 Kevin Harvick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 50.790s 0.114s
6 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50.984s 0.308s
7 Brad Keselowski Team Penske Ford 51.146s 0.470s
8 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.654s -
9 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50.737s -
10 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 50.792s -
11 Joey Logano Team Penske Ford 50.905s -
12 Kasey Kahne Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.116s -
13 Ryan Newman Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.126s -
14 Jamie McMurray Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.135s -
15 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 51.153s -
16 Paul Menard Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.167s -
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.224s -
18 Casey Mears Germain Racing Chevrolet 51.232s -
19 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 51.273s -
20 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 51.292s -
21 David Ragan Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 51.306s -
22 Danica Patrick Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 51.478s -
23 Clint Bowyer Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota 51.654s -
24 Sam Hornish Jr. Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 51.778s -
25 Aric Almirola Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 51.490s -
26 A.J. Allmendinger JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet 51.496s -
27 Greg Biffle Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.522s -
28 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 51.531s -
29 Ty Dillon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 51.630s -
30 Justin Allgaier HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 51.715s -
31 Michael Annett HScott Motorsports Chevrolet 51.762s -
32 Landon Cassill Hillman Smith Motorsports Chevrolet 51.792s -
33 Trevor Bayne Roush Fenway Racing Ford 51.815s -
34 Alex Bowman Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 51.900s -
35 David Gilliland Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.184s -
36 Brett Moffitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.193s -
37 J.J. Yeley BK Racing Toyota 52.329s -
38 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Ford 52.360s -
39 Cole Whitt Front Row Motorsports Ford 52.401s -
40 Jeb Burton BK Racing Toyota 52.748s -
41 Matt DiBenedetto BK Racing Toyota 53.116s -
42 Travis Kvapil Go FAS Racing Ford 53.216s -
43 Brendan Gaughan Premium Motorsports Chevrolet - -

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