Kyle Busch wins pole for Cup race at Dover

However, the JGR crew kept making adjustments, which led him to a pole lap at 158.954 miles per hour, .011 seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr.

"It's so hard to count anybody out", said Johnson, the seven-time NASCAR Cup champion.

Ten-time Dover victor Jimmie Johnson will line up 14th. "I've got great sponsors and partners that are with me, and they've stuck with me through a lot worse than what happened this week".

"This is a track that fits Chad's style (crew chief Chad Knaus) and mine", Johnson said. "And from living it on my own, it doesn't take much to be off a tenth of a second; and a tenth takes you from first to 10th".

Busch was fastest in Saturday's first practice for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin and rookie Daniel Suarez are also winless, a startling skid for one of NASCAR's heavyweight organizations that could end at Dover. Truex will start beside Busch and Truex teammate Erik Jones will start seventh. "You've got to charge and I just overcharged entry into (turn) three by a hair and lost a little time there". The 78 [of Truex] has always been faster than us, and we're just not sure why. We got the vehicle better in race trim. "I think there is something to try here and we will figure it out if we keep playing with it and we keep trying it and develop the process".

"There were a lot of things riding on the line that meant a lot to me, that would have been special to me", said Busch, who already has a Brickyard victory to his credit.

Just no wins this season, and he's not alone at JGR.

"Any time guys you're sharing info with and doing things together are fast, it helps you", Truex said. Likely looking to curb the, uh, lengthiness of 600 miles on a cookie-cutter race track and the resulting feelings that go along with it, NASCAR added a fourth stage to the race. Larson has finished in the top 5 in 13 of the last 15 Xfinity races he's driven in, including four wins.

"The cars have had speed in them", Kenseth said. "I think last weekend [during the all-star race] the middle groove, middle to high middle, was nonexistent. Obviously, we've got to continue on that and show we're capable of winning every week".

"Different people show their emotions in different ways", Busch told reporters. Suarez was happy with his auto all day, while Hamlin struggled in practice but landed on something for qualifying. "We made some changes from the second round, and it made the auto a lot better and busted out a really fast lap". We are very aware of that. Suarez, who replaced Carl Edwards, was a solid 11th. He has won two of the five he has competed in while finishing second in another and third in another.

  • Julie Sanders