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Kyle Busch wins Atlanta pole, Wallace still in spotlight

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. was the hot topic even as Kyle Busch won the pole Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch will start in front Sunday in the second race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season after edging Ryan Newman in a close battle.

Busch overcame handling problems in the first two rounds of qualifying to win the pole with a lap of 184.652 mph in the third round. Busch won his 28th career pole, and his first at Atlanta.

Busch beat Newman's 184.419 mph.

Standings: 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Feb. 24
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Ryan Blaney581
2Joey Logano502
3Austin Dillon473
4Darrell Wallace Jr.474
5Paul Menard465
6Michael McDowell396
7Denny Hamlin377
8Ryan Newman348
9Chris Buescher339
10Aric Almirola3310
11Trevor Bayne3111
12Martin Truex Jr.3012

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