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NASCAR Atlanta 2016 qualifying results: Kurt Busch wins pole after Kyle Busch’s car fails technical inspection

Kyle Busch’s misfortune resulted in older brother Kurt being awarded the pole for Sunday’s race.

In a qualifying session featuring drivers continually fighting cars that were jumping sideways, Kyle Busch seemingly emerged Friday with the top starting spot for Sunday's NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But Busch's No. 18 Toyota failed post-qualifying inspection, handing the pole-position to Kurt Busch (191.582), Kyle's older brother.

Because Kyle Busch's time was disallowed, he will have to start the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the rear of the 39-car field.

"Overall with the way the developments came up from tech inspection this shows the amount of enforcement that NASCAR is ready to imply to their technical procedures on what a car has to do to comply to all specs," Kurt Busch said.

NASCAR inspectors determined Kyle Busch's car was too far out of alignment in the rear, prompting the disqualification.

"We were perfectly legal beforehand, which obviously or we wouldn't have qualified and just the amount of load on the track moves everything a little bit and that little bit was a little bit too much," said Adam Stevens, Busch's crew chief.

Rounding out the top five qualifiers were Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne, Ryan Newman and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Atlanta is the season debut of the low downforce aerodynamic rules package that will be used on non- restrictor-plate tracks that comprise the Sprint Cup Series Schedule. The setup is designed to make cars harder to handle and increase tire wear, which in turn produces a more exciting product with greater passing.

The impact was noticeable throughout the three-round session, as cars regularly broke loose requiring drivers to manhandle them around the 1.5-mile oval.

"I think race trim is going to be super-exciting for us as drivers," Newman said. "I hope the fans can enjoy it. You're putting the driver back into the equation, which is part of what we were missing in my opinion."

Kevin Harvick qualified sixth, followed by Carl Edwards, Austin Dillon, Martin Truex Jr. and Brian Scott completing the top 10.

Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin starts 12th.

Chase Elliott, the Daytona 500 pole-sitter, did not have the same speed Friday, failing to advance out of the first of three rounds. The Dawsonville, Ga., native posted just the 24th-fastest time.

Also struggling was Joey Logano, normally a prolific qualifier who won a series-best six races a year ago. Unable to find the handle on his No. 22 car, he will start 26th.

"I don't really understand," Logano said. "We weren't super-fast in practice, but we were a top-10 car for sure. ... We've got to figure it out. We've got a little bit of work to do. It's obviously a new package and we apparently don't have our heads wrapped around it perfectly yet, but we'll get it."

All 39 entries entered will start Sunday's 500-mile race.

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 starting lineup

Position Driver Make Speed
1 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 191.582
2 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 190.130
3 Trevor Bayne Ford 189.987
4 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 189.961
5 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Ford 189.863
6 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 189.779
7 Carl Edwards Toyota 189.766
8 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 189.681
9 Martin Truex, Jr. Toyota 189.364
10 Brian Scott Ford 188.591
11 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 187.196
12 Denny Hamlin Toyota 190.385
13 Matt Kenseth Toyota 190.260
14 Greg Biffle Ford 190.182
15 Casey Mears Chevrolet 190.150
16 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Chevrolet 189.818
17 Brad Keselowski Ford 189.144
18 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 189.138
19 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 188.790
20 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 188.719
21 Paul Menard Chevrolet 188.713
22 A.J. Allmendinger Chevrolet 188.636
23 Ryan Blaney Ford 187.449
24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 189.390
25 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 189.079
26 Joey Logano Ford 189.041
27 Aric Almirola Ford 188.565
28 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 188.028
29 Landon Cassill Ford 187.837
30 Regan Smith Chevrolet 187.392
31 Chris Buescher Ford 187.120
32 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 185.903
33 David Ragan Toyota 185.778
34 Michael Annett Chevrolet 185.617
35 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 185.499
36 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 184.039
37 Josh Wise Chevrolet 183.820
38 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 180.769
39 Kyle Busch Toyota No speed