WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Qualifying last, Kyle Busch did what he'd never done before — he won a pole on a road course, shattering the track record at Watkins Glen International on Saturday.
"This feels very good," Busch said after posting a lap of 126.421 mph around the 11-turn, 2.45-mile circuit. "I've won races at road courses, but never been the fastest guy for one lap. Joey Logano did it at (the road course) at Sonoma (in June). Hopefully, we can get a win."
Busch, who qualified last after posting the best time in practice on Friday, was nearly 2 mph faster than the mark Jeff Gordon set eight years ago. That knocked AJ Allmendinger off the pole and deprived Richard Petty Motorsports of a front row sweep.
Kurt Busch wins Zippo 200
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Chalk up one for the team.
Subbing for injured Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski, Kurt Busch held off Jimmie Johnson on a green-white-checkered finish to win the Nationwide Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday.
Busch beat his Sprint Cup nemesis by nearly a second for his third victory in 12 Nationwide races. He also deprived brother Kyle of his 50th career victory, which would have broken a tie with Mark Martin for the most in series history.
Joey Logano edged Kyle Busch for third, and Carl Edwards was fifth.
Paul Menard, Ron Fellows and Nationwide regulars Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top 10.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. maintained his series lead with a 15th-place finish. Stenhouse leads Reed Sorenson by 10 points, Sadler is another 14 back, and Almirola is fourth.