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Kurt Busch wins pole at Texas after weather delay shortens qualifying

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 - Qualifying

FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 06: Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Ford, looks on during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 6, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kurt Busch will start first in Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway after his No. 41 Ford was fastest in the first round of qualifying.

After a delay for lightning in the vicinity of the 1.5-mile oval, NASCAR scrubbed the final two rounds of qualifying and set the field off the first round. That put Busch on the pole position for the first time this season and the 23rd time in his career. His No. 41 Ford posted a lap at 197.368 mph.

Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kevin Harvick will line up second, and Clint Bowyer, who won two weeks ago for SHR at Martinsville Speedway, will start third. Ryan Blaney and Denny Hamlin will round out the top five starting spots.

Martin Truex Jr., Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Larson comprised the rest of the top 10 starting positions.

Rookie William Byron was 33rd after the first round but will start 33rd after changing engines because of a problem in the opening practice. Byron tweeted that his team elected to focus on race setup.

Click here for the starting lineup in Sunday’s race.