On Bush's Beans Pole Day at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Busch brothers led the way.
"If I am going to get beat by somebody if I don't hit a ideal lap I would rather it be my little brother", Kurt Busch said.
Things finally went right for Kyle Busch, who led 156 laps and didn't wreck this time! On Friday, teams opted to wait for several minutes before sending their drivers onto the track to make their qualifying runs.
All the best drivers have found victory lane at the track over the years, from Fred Lorenzen winning three straight in the early 1960s to Richard Petty and Cale Yarborough combining to win eight straight in the late 1970s, Darrell Waltrip's seven consecutive victories in the 1980s and Rusty Wallace and Dale Earnhardt dominating at the track through the 1990s. Ryan Blaney qualified fifth in the No. 12 Ford and Joey Logano qualified 10th in the No. 22 Ford.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has run well at Bristol and starts fourth.
Defending race victor Jimmie Johnson qualified 17th in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Cup Series teams are scheduled to practice twice on Saturday, from 8:30 to 9:25 a.m. and from 11:05 to 11:55 a.m. Kyle Larson led 202 laps and finished sixth, while Martin Truex Jr. led 116 laps and finished eighth.
Sunday's Food City 500 will air live beginning at noon MT (2 p.m. ET) on Fox, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and PRN. Harvick's suspension broke on a practice lap in the morning and his auto took a right turn into the outside wall.
"I can walk up to him and say, "Yeah, I let you have it" and he will giggle". "I feel like if we can get one knocked out of the way that more is kind of going to come with that, so we're going to continue to push this weekend".
"It's good to come back to a place where your team is fast, where you're comfortable and the vehicle unloads good", Jones said.
It didn't seem to hurt Keselowski, who wound up qualifying third.