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Busch wins pole, Keselowski outqualifies Johnson

  • Kyle Busch gestures to cheering fans after winning the pole during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

    Kyle Busch gestures to cheering fans after winning the pole during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Kyle Busch gestures to cheering fans after winning the pole during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

    Kyle Busch gestures to cheering fans after winning the pole during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Kyle Busch checks results on a scoreboard after climbing out of his No. 18 car and setting the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

    Kyle Busch checks results on a scoreboard after climbing out of his No. 18 car and setting the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Kyle Busch checks results on a scoreboard after climbing out of his No. 18 car and setting the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

    Kyle Busch checks results on a scoreboard after climbing out of his No. 18 car and setting the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Kyle Busch gestures to cheering fans after winning the pole during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
  • Kyle Busch gestures to cheering fans after winning the pole during qualifying for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
  • Kyle Busch checks results on a scoreboard after climbing out of his No. 18 car and setting the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)
  • Kyle Busch checks results on a scoreboard after climbing out of his No. 18 car and setting the pole during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Track record for Busch

Kyle Busch set a track record in winning the pole at Phoenix International Raceway, where Brad Keselowski got a jump on Jimmie Johnson in their tight championship race.

Busch ran a lap of 138.766 mph in the qualifying session to win the pole in his Toyota. It broke the track record of 137.279 set by Carl Edwards in 2011. Martin Truex Jr. qualified second and Denny Hamlin was third.

Johnson and Keselowski are separated by seven points in the standings with two races remaining, but Keselowski had the better qualifying effort. He’ll start 14th tomorrow, Johnson 24th.

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