HAMPTON, Georgia (AP) — Kyle Busch's car failed a post-qualifying inspection on Friday, leaving him at the back of the pack instead of on the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

The ruling handed brother Kurt Busch the pole position at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Kurt Busch ran strongly through all three elimination rounds of qualifying and had the top speed before he was topped by Kyle's fast lap in his No. 18 Toyota.

Kyle Busch is the defending Sprint Cup series champion.

Scott Miller, NASCAR'S senior vice president of competition, said a laser inspection revealed the rear toe, which affects alignment, on Kyle Busch's car did not meet specifications. Miller said Busch and his crew chief, Adam Stevens, do not face additional penalties.

Miller said Kyle Busch's car passed the same inspection before qualifying, and that more tolerance in the test is allowed following qualifying.

"We give them some but they took a little more," Miller said.

Jamie McMurray, who had the top speed in the second round, will start beside Kurt Busch on the front row, followed by Trevor Bayne and Ryan Newman.

Denny Hamlin, fresh off last week's Daytona 500 win, was eliminated in the second round.

Before the post-qualifying inspection results were announced, Kurt Busch said Kyle "got us just by a little bit."

"I know I was just a little bit tight out there on the race track," said Kurt Busch, who said the brothers have a friendly rivalry.

"I'll wave at him and he'll wave at me and then we'll go back to business," said Kurt Busch. "It's fun."

Trevor Bayne and Ryan Newman will start third and fourth, respectively.

Denny Hamlin, fresh off last week's Daytona 500 win, was eliminated in the second round.

Rookie Chase Elliott, who won the pole in Daytona, was bumped from the top 24 in the final minute of the first round by another rookie, Ryan Blaney.