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Kyle Busch wins pole for Richmond Xfinity race


during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 1, 2017 in Darlington, South Carolina.

Jerry Markland

Kyle Busch won the pole for tonight’s race at Richmond Raceway - his 10th and final Xfinity Series race of the year.

Busch claimed his seventh pole of the season with a speed of 119.268 mph around the .75-mile track. It is his 64th Xfinity pole.

“I wish I was holding anything back (in the first two rounds),” Busch told NBCSN. “I don’t know why we wouldn’t fire off on the first lap in any other round. We had to make two laps every single time. Obviously, that was not really built into the strategy, let’s say. But it worked out.”

Busch’s seven poles lead all Xfinity drivers this season. His six career poles at Richmond lead all drivers.

Rounding out the starting top five are Brennan Poole, Brad Keselowski, Cole Custer and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who making his second and final Xfinity start of the year.

Earnhardt won his last Xfinity start at Richmond in April 2016.

The first five drivers outside the top 12 are Matt Tifft, Christopher Bell, Jeremy Clements, Ty Dillon and Brendan Gaughan.

Tyler Reddick and Brandon Jones failed to advance out of Round 1 and will start 25th and 26th respectively.

Morgan Shepherd failed to qualify.

The race is set to air at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Click here for qualifying results.