Top Dogs Take Front Row For 44th Annual Overtonís 400 At Pocono

Kyle Busch uses the final Qualifying Lap and possibly the final secons to secure the Pole for the 44th Annual Overton's 400. Dean Patton Photo.

Long Pond, PA - RIS - Top dogs run to the front and Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr. are truly the Top Dogs. They may have traded paint last week, at Indy, this week they will start side by side for the drop of the Green at the 44th Annual Overton’s 400. Kyle Busch uses the final lap of Qualifying to make a statement in the #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota. He ran that lap almost .4 faster than Martin Truex, Jr’s Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota #78. It has been decades since NASCAR used race day as qualifying and race day. It appears that all kinds of different strategy will have to be put in place today for sure.

The line up is as follows:

1. Kyle Busch - #18  2. Martin Truex Jr. - 78 3. Jamie McMurray - #1 4. Denny Hamlin- #11 5. Ryan Blaney - #21 6. Kevin Harvick - #4

7. Clint Bowyer - #14 8. Daniel Suarez - #19  9. Erik Jones - #77  10. Joey Logano -#22 11. Brad Keselowski - #2

12. Kasey Kahne - #5 13. Chase Elliott -#24 14. Jimmie Johnson - #48 15. Matt Kenseth - #20 16. Kyle Larson #42 

17. Michael McDowell  - #95 18. Kurt Busch - #41 19. Trevor Bayne - #6 20. Ryan Newman - #31  21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. - #17 

22. Danica Patrick - #10  23. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - #88 24. Chris Buescher #37 25. Aric Almirola - #43 26. Austin Dillon  #3

27. Paul Menard - #27 28. AJ Allmendinger - #47 29. Matt DiBenedetto - #32 30. Ty Dillon - #13 31. Landon Cassill - #34

32. Cole Whitt - #72 33. David Ragan - #38 34. Corey LaJoie - #23 35. Gray Gaulding - #15 36. Stephen Leicht - #83

37. Derrike Cope - #55 38. Jeffrey Earnhardt #33

Dean Patton

I have been a Photojournalist for RIS-news for the past ten years more or less. I was a shooter for a Minority Publication here in Reading, PA. Unfortunately the publisher passed away ending the publication. Mike took me onboard the following February while covering Daytona freelance. I also shoot Football, Professional Boxing, and Pennsylvania Dirt Track Racing. Hailing from Reading, Pennsylvania what else would I do. In my real life I am also a sitting Magisterial District Judge... sports coverage is my escape!

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